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Jalapeno drying?

Discussion in 'Peppers' started by kawboy, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    A guy at work just gave me a gallon bag about half full of smallish jalapeno peppers. I have about a half dozen regular size on the plant yet. Can I dehydrate them on a dehydrator and grind or crush and use as powder later? Do they keep decent? How long to dry? Will smoking a bit first do much? First time growing jalapenos.
     
  2. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I would recommend using a dehydrator, because I'm lazy and a dehydrator is pretty auto-magical. ;)

    While I've done things like my own Onion Powder, (which came out great), I have not done peppers of any sort.
    So I searched to provide you with a link that may help:
    Drying Peppers

    Hope that helps. :)
     
  3. jeffinn

    jeffinn Smoke Blower

    I’ve done jalapeño powder before, I used a dehydrator. I don’t remember the exact amount of time but set your temp to 125 degrees and leave them in for at least 12 hours. It’ll probably take longer than 12 hours but that’s a good place to start. I cut mine in 1/4 lengthwise to speed the dehydration but you could also just slice them. The peppers should snap in half when you bend them. I used a coffee grinder to make the powder, it turned out great!
     
  4. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I do all my pepper drying in my mes 30 . I have some sweet salad peppers in there now . 24 hours at 150 . Some take longer . I use a magic bullet to grind them into powder , some I leave whole . I've had alot of peppers this year . Been drying 30 or so peppers every couple of days . I also use Al's dill pickle recipe to do Jalapeno slices . I just did a mix of sweet bell , poblano , garden salsa , jalapeno and lunch box sweet .
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  5. Scott Eisenbraun

    Scott Eisenbraun Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Just for fun, take a dozen and smoke them fresh for about an hour or until they start to wrinkle. Freeze whole and chop one when making nachos or quesadillas with cheese. The smoke flavor really comes through. Been doing it for years. Warning - the home grown can be way too hot me after they're smoked.
     
  6. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys, just wanted to make sure I was on the right track. Thought I was going to have jalapenos coming out my ears, but I was eating them as fast as they were growing. This bag of peppers helps out. My plan was to dry some all along.
     
  7. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    They get hotter when dried , just FYI .
     
  8. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Well, now you know you'll just have to plant MORE next year. LOL!
    And probably have to buy more Ice Cream, too.
     
  9. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Yup. Sure was nice being able to make ABTs when ever I wanted this summer.
     
  10. kelbro

    kelbro Fire Starter

    Chipotle = smoked jalapeno

    Good stuff!
     
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  11. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    OK, have some in the dehydrator. How do I know when they are dried enough? Crispy? Bend and snap?
     
  12. jeffinn

    jeffinn Smoke Blower

    If your going to grind them into powder, dehydrate them until they break when you bend them.
     
  13. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Did you cut a slit in them ? Yes they will be hard , crispy .
     
  14. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Cut them into strips. Thanks for the answers.
     
  15. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Well, got them all dried a couple nights ago. Powdered them up tonight. Mashed them in the morder and pestle ( I'm sure I spelled this wrong), then ground in the pepper mill. A bit of work, but definitely opened the old sinuses. Now, what to use it on first? Thank you for all the replies.
     

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  16. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Cool . I was wondering how it went . I picked another 40 peppers today . How hot was the powder ?
     
  17. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Bit of a tingle to it, but good jalapeno flavor. Not sure what to try it on first.
     
  18. I always cut meatier peppers like jalapenos or habaneros in half lengthwise before I dry or chipotle them, they dry so much faster. Lay cut side up to keep all the seeds.
     
  19. kawboy

    kawboy Smoking Fanatic

    Pretty much how I did it. Took 14 hours in our little dehydrator. Wish I would have smoked some of them. Next time.
     
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