On our last trip to Sedona (the one before the one we just got back from), we bought cans of Hatch peppers at Costco. When we got home, I called around and discovered that Costco only sells them in the San Diego region, which sadly doesn't include Oregon. We'd been planning to stock up on our next trip, but it turns out that canned peppers are (maybe) a seasonal item and it's the wrong season. So now we're carefully rationing the last few cans, only using them in recipes that deserve the good peppers. Like white chicken chili and tamales.
Last week, I saw fresh Hatch peppers in the grocery store and did a little happy dance -- until I asked the produce guy and he told me they were local. I left the store thoroughly confused and without any peppers.
Then Mom gave me a newspaper article that she'd cut out. The store is taking orders for roasted Hatch peppers and the ones they're selling really are from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico. (And they might want to educate their employees that some things are best not local!)
I'm not in the mood to can right now. Could I freeze them? I know I physically can, but is that a good idea? Do I want to chop them up first or freeze them whole? Favorite ways to use them? Because if I've got enough to play with, I want to use them in everything!