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dried chiles with a side of bugs

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dried chiles with a side of bugs

david kaplan | Sep 10, 2010 01:20 PM

The kindest person on earth found and sent me an unusual variety of packaged dried chiles. I discovered that the original packaging (from the manufacturer, not the kindest person on earth) had airholes, and many little bugs were crawling over the chiles.

One option is to toss the bag, which would be my inclination were these not a hard-to-find variety that might not come my way again.

Any advice on freezing? I see that many people recommend freezing dried chiles to prevent infestations, but I don't know if freezing already-infested chiles would kill off the critters and whatever invisible eggs they've laid.

Any other alternatives for salvaging these chiles?

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