How to prolong the life of chillies in a refrigerator?
Last week I bought a packet of green chilli from an Asian store, the really hot ones. I only used 5 of those and had about 20-25 still left in the little plastic bag (with holes). I just kept it refrigerated but within 4 days, there was mold growing on the stem of the chillies. So, I took the stem off and froze the rest. But then I read that the chilli goes mushy in the freezer.
What can I do to prolong the shelf life of chilli so they stay fresh for longer in the refrigerator (but not frozen)?
I don't understand the distinction you are making between "chili" and "chillies." Is this something other than capsicum chili peppers of some sort?
I asked the grocer at the Asian store and she gave me a great tip. She said that its the stem that is the main problem and removing it before refrigerating would help keep the chillis fresh for longer. So, she asked me to:
- Wash the chillies and let them air dry or pat dry with a paper towel.
- Gently pull out the stem from the chillies but not to use a knife. A gentle pull should be enough to pluck out the entire stem.
- Discard any spoiled looking chillies so that they don't affect the rest of the chillies.
- Store them in an air tight bag or container in the refrigerator.