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Just so I'm not misunderstood - and with the peppers I'm growing that could be the case.
I'm not looking to bring hell to my mouth and throat - hot food should be just hot enough to enhance the flavors . . . and no hotter. Anyone can put in "more" and make food hotter. My goal is to make food better. I discovered (due to accidental growth one summer) that habanero was better than the usual jalapeno/cayenne/Tabasco/whatever pepper sauces & Mrs wife agreed. So now I grow them on purpose. Planned prior to COVID, with sharing in mind, I am now becoming quite overstocked. But that doesn't mean I'll force them down.
That's why I'll try some trimming stems, first, and then maybe finely chopped - to protect the house from animals (and their owners) sharing their love on my lawn.
But - I don't eat hot for hot's sake (although many do - some even get high from it). I would no more eat super hot food than I'd eat a spoon full of salt.
You can dry them out in a food dehydrator then grind them into powder using a small coffee bean grinder. Makes a nice fine powder that you can sprinkle sparingly on whatever you want.
Sounds like your peppers are a bit ahead of mine. This year I have some Caramel Scorpion, Purple Ghost Scorpion,3 different colours of Reaper, and some Yellow Douglah. I will probably be eating spicy food all winter...
You definitely have your work cut out for you. I don't have the food dehydrator but making a powder of it could be a good use for the excess. Less volume than sauce and it doesn't need refrigeration (although if vinegary enough and with a vitamin C pill as an antioxidant, it is stable at room temp for a very long time).
Yeah - they're way ahead of the normal schedule. What's even weirder, this is growing zone 7B - and the normal safe date for putting plants in the ground is about Mother's Day. This year, soon after that, we has some near freezes and all the plants with a tropical bent (peppers, eggplants) were very unhappy. I thought the harvest would be miserable and delayed. Even in a normal year I get most of the ripe Habaneros near the end of August, onwards, until the chills come into the night.
I only happened to read about the Douglah yesterday (looking online for what-to-do). You've clearly gone-for-the-gusto. I barely ventured into these Trindad Scorpions as I want to be able to put in enough to get some of the pepper's flavor along with the heat.
Another use - perhaps a bit tragic - is to chop them finely and put on the front area of my lawn. We are "blessed" with a fire hydrant and people think that's a license for canine defication. The small pieces sprinkled throughout may work very will in causing their puts to hurry by without stopping. I've used camphor balls (naphthalene) to keep squirrels away from newly planted bulbs and cats from using our font bushes as a modesty fenced litter box.
If I can figure out what else I'd desiccate I may invest in your suggestion. Thanks
This year I am also taking advantage of another now readily available commodity: plastic gloves. So far its been quite a success. For the ground habanero pepper sauce I learned not to breath in when I open the blender !
For these, following implications from online users, I'm thinking of having a fan blow the vapors away as I cut them and otherwise process them.
But thanks for the warning - that dust could be really unforgettable in a nasty way
I am a big fan of chilis. Habaneros are my favorite. I really enjoy their flavor when they are picked still green. That's right before the serious heat kicks in. They are still good later but the flavor comes through better when they're green.
Anyway, when we had our salsa garden going full blast we would make a couple gallons of salsa, can it, and then use it over the year and give some away to friends. I also liked to find a really good, locally-made salsa and then blend a bunch our hotties into it. That always made for a spectacular salsa. They never make it hot enough for me and that helped a lot.
Something else we did was we had a favorite little mom-and-pop, hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant that made very authentic food, not definitely not Tex-Mex. We used to give them gallons of peppers and they loved them. Their food was terrific and we were very happy to help out. I really miss that place. That was in Central California, the Fresno area, and they have since closed. That was a grade A, prime pepper growing area.
I recently discovered Trader Joe's extra-hot salsa and it's so good we stopped growing peppers. That is the best salsa from a store I have ever had. Of course, taste varies.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
Three options if you want to keep them for later all super easy, freeze whole - I've done this before with birds eye chilli's, you can take them out one at a time when you need them for cooking. Preserve in olive oil, great mixed with garlic and ginger. Pickled, just jar up with plain white vinegar and store.
Storing in white vinegar has been my standard for years. I've some Thai peppers that have been that way long enough to become a family heirloom (still bright red). Have done the frozen route, too - but in the freezer they get pushed to the back and there they are.
Now the oil suggestion - an alternate option came to mind when I read that: dry them and soak in light oil for some high-test pepper oil. My normal route is using cheap dried "pizza pepper" for chili oil. These, if at the full one million Scoville, are about 7% capsicum oil before drying and all of the pepper's lace with it - I wonder if I could just extract it from them without drying?
Yesterday, however, I put on some gloves, sliced them into smaller pieces, and put them in a jar with vinager - it's about a cup full (chopping reduces stored volume considerably). A lot of intense aroma at the first cut - borderline of harsh. This jar, with further contributions, will become a plain puree. Mixed with other stuff is one of the options if I have another burst of fruit.
Losing things in the freezer... I can relate to that! The oil method I use really just to preserve and they look nice on the shelf too, I guess if you chopped some and left some whole you could have a nice chilli oil with some whole preserved ones should you need any. There's a kind of chilli paste you can get in Chinese stores as well, crushed chilli's with oil and soy, spoon it out as required I think this would be easy to make and saves space. The wife makes a simple dip, great for grilled meat or fish, a little vinegar or soy (or both?) With a single squashed chilli in it as well as garlic.
I’ve always believed that nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do. Most people think the opposite – that all things are withheld from them which they have conceived to do and they end up doing nothing.
So, at the ripe old age of 81, he began working on a masking system that creates 6 x 6 pixel areas and then intelligently divides those areas into the two sections that have the most contrast before re-fusing the pixels on either side of the seam. The idea never caught on, but he explains the technology and its benefits in detail in the video below:
I looked up his Wikipedia bio. Totally peripheral to his main accomplishments I read something about a great contributor to technology/literature/etc. that seems to come up amazingly often.
He was the son of Jewish Immigrants.
It speaks volumes about the value of both immigration and diversity.
It may have to do with dwelling for so many years in a science/laboratory environment, but so so many of the people were from somewhere else . . . and glad to be here. Considering how we have been enriched by them, we should be glad they came.
After getting the chop from one company due to Covid affecting the share price, I have been looking for another role (been a bit distrated to enter into Lounge fun), had an interview last Friday, got the job, worked Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 'Fixed' an issue with one of their controller boards. Started to look another issue on a different board used the IDE they used 'Flow Code' which took around 10 Mins to complie(?) and seems to be a grown up version of Scratch. Was emailed Thursday morning that my skill set was not required and I would be paid for three day and my personal items would be sent back to me via post (I had taken my own Oscillor Scope and stuff as they didn't have any). So I got in (I was mid journey when the email arrived) got my stuff back and well started to look for jobs again. Has anyone out there used Flowcode? it seem to me to create odd code embedded code (like locals declared on the fly) Just Odd!!!
Seems like you were used for a service call/contractor are cut-rate pay.
Any possibility a lawyer/friend could send them a letter with a demand for the proper pay for the work they hired you for? As evidence, use the fact that they didn't even have the needed equipment and you had to bring it - aprior proof they needed to hire an contractor for a temporary job, they were aware of it, deliberately deceived you and whatever else the lawyer can tack on. An extra few thousand bucks may well be worth it to them to avoid legal fees . . .
It's not the first time it's happened to me, taken on as a permie given a task, perform task quickly (new employer, want to make a good impression) get the boot! , the issue is small firms don't see the big picture generally, that person A can do it, comes across a bit they can't or do wrong, muggins comes in fixes the issue quickly, well person A can do it from there on out. Happen to me twice now, I was a bit suspicious when I had to use a laptop which belonged to someone else, and I wasn't given an email...
Sounds to me like you're due some punitive damages as well. Certainly if I were on the jury.* Just in case you do decide to follow this course of action, suing the bastards, write down as much detail as you can and make sure you save all correspondence (both ways). Also, if by chance any other offers were in the que for you - or even close - there's some consequential damage you can go for.
I'm not sure whether it's better to threaten them with legal action if they don't pay up or just plain blind-side them with a letter from your attorney (solicitor ?) or the summons to appear in court. A really big financial demand may not only save you a day in court (although, if unemployed, WTF ?) but maybe give some of the jurors who've been similarly screwed, or know someone who has been, to sympathize.
* When called for jury duty I am never selected - once they discover a science/technical background they know emotional arguments won't win their case.
The US and the UK may share the jury system, but in the UK as of 1846 not all civil trials use a jury. If I read the law correctly, people in Glenn's position will get their case heard only by a judge.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
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How will your name be associated in the public eye? I doubt the case will make headlines. Unless they're very stupid, they wouldn't put it out online not only for possibility of even more legal trouble but it highlights what they did to you and that'd screw them, too.
It may be possible to get a lawyer on contingency (?) or even use government agencies assigned to protect employee rights. Depends upon what's available where you live.
LOL calm down guy, this is the real world, not LA Law Before you "sue" anyone you have to establish they have done something wrong. While we can all agree the OP's employer is morally wrong and a POS, neither of those are in breach of any laws thus neither are actionable in court or anywhere else. He had no contract so is bound only by statutory terms, and one of those terms, in UK law, is that you only get a notice period after working a month. He hadn't worked a month so doesn't gain that which means he can be terminated without notice. If they were making him redundant rather than firing him redundancy rights only really come in after two years, before that you have very few rights. In the UK if you have only worked less than a month and have no written contract the only legal right you have is to be paid for the days you worked, which he was. So I don't quite know what you think he is going to go to court about and have a jury trial over...something only reserved for the most serious of cases due to costs. Likewise punitive damages? Something else very very rarely awarded by any court in the UK, you only get your actual damages which in the OP's case is £0 as he was paid for the work he did and he got his property back.
Does UK law allow for fraud as an actionable offense? In hindsight, circumstances are pretty clear that he was hired as a permanent employee but was from the get-go treated like a transient. This show premeditation and thus fraudulent hiring practices. His pay should be, at the least, that of a hired contractor/trouble shooter - at the least - since that is in fact how he was treated.
Few states in the USA have what are termed "wrongful dismissal" laws. When one is ill treated then one simply finds alternative descriptions of the events and pursues them. Unlike LA Law (I've never seen it but perhaps you are a devoted fan?) much of the legal systems actual caseload in based on expansion of an event to as many manifestations of being wrongs as possible.