End of Season: Preserving Your Harvest by Drying the Peppers

Chili is at least as fun to cultivate and to see grow, as to harvest and use the peppers in the autumn. It may not be a secret but we REALLY love chili peppers.

To dry chilies is an excellent way to preserve your chili peppers so that you can enjoy the heat all year. Additionally, the drying process gives the fruits a completely different character than fresh.
There are many ways that you can dry your peppers that you cultivated at home. All from letting them dry in the sun to using mushroom or fruit dehydrators.

Here’s our guide that will teach you how to dry your peppers!

Dried Red Chili Peppers

Dried Red Peppers

I don’t think we need to say this, but to be able to take advantage of the chili harvest is an important part of cultivating capsicum plants.
It both prolongs and enhances the application to consume what we grow, which also makes that less goes to waste. We don’t want the hours we’ve spent on caring for our peppers to go to waste?!
And even better! Chili is a perfect example of a fruit that have endless uses!
First, there are very many fun varieties to choose from. Everything from mild bell peppers to super hot Carolina Reaper peppers, for example. Second, chilies are excellent to pickle, freeze or cook to a really good hot sauce that you can use for taco night.

One of the most common ways to make use of homegrown peppers is to dry them. This allows you to enjoy your chili grown at home in several ways, all year! For instance, dried peppers can be used in a nice and hot chili (e.g., ancho, dried Poblano peppers, are commonly used in chili stews). Why not make a salsa?! So nice!

How to Dry Chili Peppers

Regardless if you cultivated your peppers in a greenhouse or on the balcony they withstand quite a long time in the fridge, drying is a good very good way to preserve them. In addition, it is easy and you don’t need any advanced tools or machines.

Sun Drying Peppers

That said, the easiest way to dry chili peppers is to use a fruit – and mushroom dryer. However, if you don’t own one so it is perfectly fine to dry it in the oven on 50 degrees over night. Keep the door stand slightly ajar. Note, halve the fruits will speed up the drying process. dry. You can also dry them by hanging them in a window or anywhere you like. We typically use a string and a needle. This will also look very nice in your kitchen window!

Dried chilis can be ground to chili powder

After you’ve dried your chilies, you can either choose to grind them down to a fine powder with a coffee grinder or blender. If you own a mortar you can use one. It will take a little bit more on the of your stamina because dried chili can be quite hard.

Hotter and sweeter

The actual drying process has a preservative effect. In addition, when the chili peppers lose its fluid, it also becomes slightly stronger and develops a clearer sweetness. It gets a different character and the taste becomes a bit more intense. “Mmmm, yummy!”

When the chili is completely dry, it can with advantage be ground into chili powder or chili flakes. Powder and flakes can be used in casseroles, marinades, spice blends and oils. If you own an old manual coffee grinder you can put it to use: it is a great tool for grinding chili.

That was our guide to drying chili peppers. And you know what?! After harvest you can keep your plants over the winter! But now you may wonder when is the next season starting? Well, it has already started, it’s time to germinate your chili seeds now!

We (either Guy or Grim) will try to post some recipes that are making use of dried chili peppers. Until then, please leave a comment with your favorite use of dried chili peppers!

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