How to Dry Chili Peppers

To be able to take advantage of its harvest is an important part of the cultivation. It both prolongs and enhances the application to consume what we grow, which also makes that less goes to waste. Chili is a perfect example of a fruit that goes to refine endlessly. Secondly, there are very many fun varieties to choose from, the second is the excellent to pickle, freeze or boil to a really good chili sauce that you can use for taco night.

Dried Chili Peppers

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One of the most common ways to take advantage of the peppers is to dry them. Then you can enjoy your home-grown chili in several ways all year!

The actual drying process of course has a preservative effect, but when the chili loses its fluid so, it also becomes slightly stronger and develops a clearer sweetness. This is great news!

Dried chili peppers gets a different character and taste becomes a bit more intense.

Even if you are growing peppers in your greenhouse, on the balcony, or on the windowsill the fruits can withstand quite a long time in the fridge.  so is the drying is a good way to increase the life. In addition, it is easy and requires no advanced tools or machine.

Drying Chili Peppers using a Fruit Dryer

The easiest way to dry chilies is to use a fruit and mushroom dryer.The fruit, or vegetable, dryer is worth its weight in gold when it’s time to dry a greater amounts of chili peppers.

It’s very easy: just to cut your chilies right down the middle, remove the seeds and put on the grids of the dryer. Then you don’t have to think more of it, until a couple of days later, when it’s time to put them in a jar. Super smooth!

Drying Peppers in the Oven

Dried Red Peppers

Don’t own a fruit dryer? Don’t worry! If you don’t own one it is perfectly fine to dry peppers in the oven. Put your oven on 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) and leave your hot peppers in there over night. Just make sure that you leave the oven door stand slightly ajar. It is also nice to cut the fruits halves the and add the open to dry. The thinner varieties, you can even hang up in a string

Tip of the day! When dealing with larger amounts of chili peppers like this; use plastic gloves! Especially if I have cut up a finger right down the middle and has a large bandage. t’s NOT fun to get the capsaicin directly into an open wound… Well… if you are growing super hot peppers you ALWAYS need to wear plastic gloves when you handle them! Always!

 

When the chili is completely dry, you can with advantage ground it into chili powder, or chili flakes that you can use in casseroles, marinades, spice blends and oils. If you happen to own an old manual coffee grinder it is a great tool for grinding chili. End to aim of the ground chili pepper through a fine mesh strainer to get a really fine powder to the cooking.

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