Several Uses for Frozen Heat


Jalepenos are coming in abundance from my garden and these are being prepared for winter use. These went into the freezer on the trays and then transferred to freezer bags. Its a simple preservation method. I plan to use them in a variety of ways.

Some will end up in a pot of chili or soup. Some will be roasted whole and accompany a taco or burrito. Others will likely go into a batch of fire cider which is an apple cider vinegar with a potent kick and a combination of healthy ingredients. And for some the seeds will have one use and the skins another.

Cutting them in half lengthwise allows the seeds to be removed easily. Putting cheese into the seed cavity and roasting creates a nice appetizer that has a much milder flavor than a whole roasted jalepeno.

The seeds of jalapenos and other chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is used in creams for pain relief. As a home remedy, a hot soak in a bowl or bath of cayenne powder or jalepeno seeds along with epsom salts and apple cider vinegar can provide pain relief. Using care and not overdoing it when using hot pepper seeds is a good idea. Use gloves and avoid touching your eyes after touching hot pepper seeds. A hot foot bath with epsom salts, apple cider vinegar and capcaicin has brought relief to the foot pain that I have from tarsal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis pain can also be reduced. It isn’t a cure but can bring comfort.

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