Donne Sali (by flora-file)

So you decided to grow hot peppers and now you have way too many. Solution: make donne. Donne is a chili paste made with spicy chilies and preserved with vinegar.


Chilis, Garlic, Salt, Vinegar 

  1. Cut up chilies and garlic. Be cautious when cutting up very hot chilies. You may even want to use latex gloves.
  2. Place peppers and garlic in food processor. Add enough vinegar to allow the chilies to blend evenly. Sprinkle a small amount of salt on top.
  3. Blend until an even consistency is reached. 
  4. Bottle and refrigerate.

The vinegar preserves the chilies and allows the paste to stay edible for up to a year. The flavor and potency will fade over time, but usually the paste is so spicy that is is barely noticeable. 

For this batch I had a bunch of Cherry Bomb peppers that were ripe, which have a very nice sweet flavor but are not overly spicy (I estimate ~2000-3000 Scoville units). To put a little more punch into it I added a couple ripe habaneros. Since this mix is ‘Sweet’, I used rice vinegar, though normally I used distilled white vinegar for a truer flavor.

Normally I grow both Thai and habanero chilies and mix them together to create my signature Rocket Blend, but this year all my Thai pepper seedlings perished and I am left with only habaneros. That means my next batch will be 100% habanero, and it will be pica! 

Posted on August 1, 2013

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