Jalapeno peppers are tapered, deep green and about 2 inches long. Sometimes they can be red in color if left to ripen on the plant longer. In California jalapenos are found in the market produce area year round.
When selecting a jalapeno pepper, look careful to make sure the skin is firm and smooth. Take note that no mold or soft spots are found on the stem or flesh. Store the peppers in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
The Juice Can BURN
Cutting jalapenos can burn your fingers and any part of your body that you may touch even after washing your hands. So it's a good idea to wear surgical gloves. If you're like me you probably won't, so make sure you wash your hands with detergent and rub them to remove as much of the pepper from your skin.
Test the Pepper's HEAT
Jalapenos can be mild to hot in heat... the best way I know to determine the heat of the two peppers you are using in this recipe is to taste you finger after cutting each one. Your tongue will immediately let you know if this batch of pickled carrots will be HOT or mild.
If the pepper is HOT, I remove all the white veins and seeds from the peppers before adding them to my recipes.
Aah Shucks... It's Corn Season
For me, locally grown fresh corn is best cut off the cobb with a Corn Zipper by Kuhn Rikon and then pan fried in a HOT cast iron skillet sprayed with olive oil spray. Stir fry over high heat till the corn kernels are heated through. Cook only enough to warm and then remove from the skillet, give it a dusting of sea salt and serve. FAST, FRESH, FABULOUS!!!!
Fresh Corn Selection
Choose ears that have husks that are tight and slightly green. The angel hairs of the silk interior should be yellow in color and slightly moist to the touch. I peel back part of the husk to expose the corn kernels and look for uniformity in the kernels... they should be smooth and tight with no blemishes or deterioration from insects. When in doubt, ask the produce person for a sample taste of the corn, they are generally eager to give samples and tell you about the produce in detail.
Fresh Corn Storage
Refrigerate the corn as soon as possible to keep it fresh. When you get home, shuck the husks and pull all the silk hairs off the corn.