I’m not a patient man unless it comes to barbecue. Even then, it’s an internal struggle between my personalities to keep myself from checking the smoker too often. Luckily, you don’t need patience to make good use of your chile harvest. Vinegars, oils, and extracts are all instant gratification for putting hot peppers to good use. This oregano-garlic green chile vinegar recipe is a good one, as are the others in this article.
Most of us are harvesting our chile bounty right now. If you’re new, the big question confronting you is what to do with all of these pepper pods. Smoke ’em? Dry ’em? Give them away? There’s plenty of information on what to make of pods here but if powder is your poison, here’s what you can do according to the pope.