After so many foodie disasters, I am happy to share a success story with you. By making my own roasted peppers and preserving them in oil I saved some money and have tons of peppers to play with.
I picked up two bags of peppers (orange and red) on sale for 50% off at my store. They still ended up being around $1 a pepper so it cost me $8 but I was determined to make my own roasted peppers and preserve them in oil.
I washed them and realized, duh, the skins are coming off so I probably did not have to do that step but it is just force of habit.
I do not have a gas stove so I had to put the peppers under the broiler. When one side charred I turned them around with tongs so the un-charred skin were on top. Then I put them back under the broiler until all the skins were a little charred.
I put them in a large glass bowl.
Which I then covered with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
I removed the plastic wrap and let them cool completely. I pulled off the skins, ribs and seeds over the same bowl I let them sit in. Then I stacked them on a clean cutting board.
By removing the skins, ribs and seeds over a bowl I was left with this red pepper jus that I strained and later used to replace some of the broth in my Spanish rice.
I put the pepper pieces into small jars and topped with a good quality olive oil. This will not be the kind of bottled peppers you can put in your pantry but they will last for a while in your fridge. The oil might solidify because of how cold the fridge but it is no big deal.
So I spent $8 on the peppers but I ended up with 4 containers of roasted red peppers in oil that would normally cost me at least $3 at the store, saving me a little money. Every little bit counts and I know these are fresh beautiful peppers that are going to make my tummy very, very happy.