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How do you dry peppers?

post #1 of 6
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I strung up a bunch of paprika and cayenne last year. Some molded some dried nicely.

Is there a better way? I have a few paprika, sweet banana, jalapeño & cayenne ready now.

Gonna chop and freeze some bells. Is it better to throw the banana peppers in with them?
post #2 of 6

Did you split the peppers then hang ??   They need somewhere for the moisture to escape...  Then an area that has air flow...   The more you split them, the faster and drier they will get...   A dehydrator works well...

post #3 of 6
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No split or cut. I used a heavy needle and coarse thread through the stems. Hung to dry in kitchen/dining area until the felt brittle. Lost about half. Other half made a good pepper powder.

I don't have a dehydrator. Got an oven, of course
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
No split or cut. I used a heavy needle and coarse thread through the stems. Hung to dry in kitchen/dining area for until the felt brittle. Lost about half. Other half made a good pepper powder.

I don't have a dehydrator. Got an o en, of course
post #5 of 6

Put 'em in your smoker with little to no smoke at around 200o till they start shriveling. Continue on till you can hear the seeds rattling inside. I'll then put them into my dehydrator and let them set there for another couple of days. Never made a string of them but could. I mainly put them in a blender without the stems and make a pepper powder "Death Dust" and use it on a variety of  things you want to make spicier. I use it on my home cured bacon.

post #6 of 6
I cut my peppers into 1in. slices from top to bottom and lay them on a screen and a fan underneath blowing upward towards the peppers, a computer fan works great. You can leave the seeds and membrane in if you want a little hotter spice.
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