Sunday, September 4, 2011

All things P-Pottery and Peppers

Loading her up
The small kiln is loaded, door bricked up and ready to go.
Today, very soon, we will start her up.
It took around 9 hours to fire last time and we hope we can do that again.
This is firing number 4- more of the learning curve as we work this baby out.
filled up and ready to go-well need to brick the door.
 Mark and I went to see our good friends who grow the best veggies to pick up some peppers.
We bought two varieties one for roasting and freezing.
Then the other will be dried and ground into Paprika.
We did this last year and the Paprika was so good, it had so much flavor compared to what you get off a shelf in a store.
I might even go steal some apples today to also dry with the peppers.....I know where there are plenty that are just  waiting for me, wanna' come?


paprika-for drying
If all goes well- tomorrow pictures of fresh pots.
Off to see about those apples.


Patricia Griffin said...

Hope #4 is Perfect (P is for Perfect!)

Judy Shreve said...

Hope yall have a great firing! Those peppers are gorgeous! I've never thought about making my own paprika - cool!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

mmm I hope you give us a picture of the kiln door opened! We were getting free apples too, just posted about it :)

Linda Starr said...

I have never had fresh dried paprika, I will have to look for it, have a great firing and weekend.

Michèle Hastings said...

we still got apples here, come and pick!

jimgottuso said...

hi meredith, good luck on the firing... looks like a lot of work getting done. i'm envious of the peppers, i love the hot ones

Peter said...

Blogs are great for the education, I had no idea before reading this post where paprika came from (put it down to living in cold climate!), and my only experience of it was as a hot, hot, hot powder that I sometimes (daringly) add to my cooking! I know it as a species that grows in a nice little cardboard pack that is usually found on the same supermarket shelf as the herbs and spices!

cookingwithgas said...

That should really be Hey Y'all!
The paprika peppers are dried and unlike their distant cousin that come in a box and sit on the grocery store shelf waiting for you for years and years- these are so very good and not hot- sweet.
The other peppers roasted up nice and are now packed in the freezer. They are so good you should be green with envy.
Kiln fired off in 8 and 1/2 hours-cross your eyes it is a good one.

Trish said...

ahhhh! all this Fall bounty! My neighbours crabapple tree is laden and beautifully red.
Hope the weekend has proven relaxing and rejuvenating. :)
I must go trim some pots! T.

cookingwithgas said...

Hi T- don't you just love the end of summer veggies.
Tonight I am using op some eggplant.
My of my favorite summer foods.
Well that and tomatoes, and green beans, squash, peaches, okra..... I think I love it all.
Still waiting on the kiln- it will be tomorrow before we open.
M said...

Good luck with the firing! Those peppers look lovely, there are quite a few apple trees where I live but unfortunately they're all just out of reach on a steep bank or other place. So far yet so close!

cookingwithgas said...

Apple picking is for ladders or tall people. I take Mark and a ladder.