Yikes, I just figured up how much chile I put up this year. About 100 pounds
. I did it like the locals do which is very easy. All four grocery stores in this town of 6000 carry chiles by the case and have roasters set up outside the stores. I first bought 3 cases. Go in the store, buy case(s) of chile, go outside, stand in line to get your case roasted, go home, put in freezer bags, cool down, put in freezer. You put the whole roasted chile in the bags. After we saw we were going through the new crop of chilies so fast, I went back for a fourth case. Not having enough freezer space for another case, I canned the fourth case. There was a huge difference in the prep time taken for the chiles to be canned rather than frozen. When frozen and thawed, the charred skins slip right off. When freshly roasted, the skins do not so easily come off. I'm guessing it took under one hour to process the chiles for the freezer and it took about 5 hours to get them canned. A case is 1 1/9 bushel and weighs almost 25 pounds.