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
- Cut up chilies and garlic. Be cautious when cutting up very hot chilies. You may even want to use latex gloves.
- 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.
- Blend until an even consistency is reached.
- 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!