Poblano Peppers – My First Ever !
Recently, I received a wonderful gift of poblano peppers. Since they are so expensive, I’ve never purchased fresh ones before. After doing a bit of research, I was ready to prep them.
Generally, poblanos are charred to remove the skins before cooking. I figured if I’ve never done this before, then other people might be in the same situation, too.
The first problem I faced was with how to char so many peppers. I had visions of a sweltering kitchen as I fiddled around with a couple of peppers at a time. Then I remembered our gas grill. I had Mike drag it out of the shed and set it up on a sturdy table in the yard. That worked just fine.
- Use your gas grill outside.
- My husband Joe used to char bell peppers before making spaghetti sauce. He did it by laying a few on the burner of the gas stove and turning them with tongs until they were blackened.
- you can also put them on a broiler pan and char them in the broiler
- Do not try to bake them in the oven. The skins will not char and they will only get mushy and overcooked.
Beginning to char
Set your flame on high. be sure to use long handled tongs to turn them or you might end up with a burn.
Keep at it!
Keep turning the peppers until they are completely black. You may even see some of the skin begin to peel off, that’s just fine.
The instructions say to put the hot charred peppers in a plastic bag and seal it. The sweating process will loosen the skin even more and make it easier to remove. Since I had so many peppers, I put mine in a large plastic container and sealed the lid after each patch.
What a mess !
When I tried to scrape the skin off my first pepper, it was a real mess. I used several paper towels, but I realized this was becoming an expensive proposition. Besides, it wasn’t doing a good job of removing that charred skin.
I found that a pot of water helped better than the paper towels. but the water really became messy fast. the charred bits floated in the water and clung to the peppers and my hands as I worked.
It took me a while to figure out an “assembly line” method of handling so many peppers. I used the pot to catch most of the charred skin scraps, but found they came cleaner under running water.
- colander with cooled peppers
- running water to scrub them clean
- pan of water to hold cleaned peppers
Seeds were a problem
Many of the loose seeds floated free and were easily rinsed off.
Drain the peppers
Drying the peppers
Once the peppers were drained. I blotted them dry with layers of paper towels. by that time, I was pretty pooped, so I refrigerated them to finish the next day.
Watch for my next blog called Processing Poblano Peppers for instructions on slicing and dehydrating them.