An Easy Way to Dry Chili Peppers

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Try your hand at drying some cayenne peppers.
 
Photo by loxosceles under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.
Dont forget to wear gloves when handling hot chili peppers.
 
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Try your hand at drying some cayenne peppers.
 
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Try your hand at drying some cayenne peppers.

 

Photo by loxosceles under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.


As usually, I grew some peppers this season and plan on saving some heirloom peppers seeds for next year. We'll also be canning some  - although not many since the chiweenies trampled a ton of my plants this year.

Then I remembered that I wanted to dry some chili peppers this year, too. How many of you out there dry your chili or cayenne peppers? If you've never done it, why not experiment with drying this year?

*Important Note: If you're handling peppers that have any heat at all, please wear gloves and wash your hands well when you're finished. And try very hard not to touch your face with your hands while preparing peppers.

Fast and Easy Pepper Drying:

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry your peppers.
  2. Place as many peppers at the bottom of a paper bag as you can without stacking them. You could also lay the bag on its side and fit even more peppers.
  3. Secure the bag with a chip clip, clothespin, or string.
  4. Let them sit in the bag for a couple weeks in a well-ventilated area. You'll know they're dry when they have a tough skin and feel uniformly dry and brittle.

Drying peppers is just another method of preserving your harvest for the months to come.


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