These beautiful chilli strings are fun and easy to make.

Chilli strings (2)
The end of summer often sees an abundance of chillies. These strings of dried chillies are a beautiful feature in a kitchen and also a great way of preserving chillies. These strings are also known as 'ristras'.

Equipment

What to do

  • 1. Wear latex gloves to handle the chillies.

  • 2. Knot one end of the long thread.

  • 3. Thread the other end through the needle.

  • 4. Push the needle through the red flesh of the first chilli, just under the point where the green cap meets the red flesh.

  • 5. If you want the chillies to hang vertically press the needle through the chilli on an angle.

  • 6. If you want the chillies to hang horizontally, push the needle straight through the chilli.

  • 7. Push the chilli to the knotted end, then repeat the process with the rest of the chillies.

  • 8. Once you have threaded through all your chillies, knot the thread again close to the last chilli.

  • 9. Find somewhere dry and well-ventilated to hang the chilli string.

  • 10. Wait for the chillies to dry completely before using them in cooking.

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