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06-17-2008 10:01 AM #1LissGuest
How To dry Chili Peppers without a dehydrator
How to Dry Chili Peppers Without a Dehydrator
Most Chili pepper plants produce more chili's than the average cook can use.
The answer to storing the peppers is easy: dry them. If you don't have a
food dehydrator, hanging the chili's is the easiest way to go.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need
* Heavy Thread or Thin Fishing Line
* Carpet needle or other needle with large eye
* Chili Peppers
Sort the chili peppers according to size.
Cut a length of thread or fishing line to approximately 18 inches.
Thread the line through the eye of the needle. Tie a knot on one end of the
Begin threading the line through the center of the chili peppers, starting
with the largest pepper and proceeding to the smallest or until the line is
Remove the needle from the thread and tie a knot close to the top chili
Use the remaining line to hang the chili peppers in a dry, airy space.
Overall Tips & Warnings
* A garage or covered porch is a good place to hang chili peppers for
* If the weather is calling for continuous hot, sunny days, the chili
peppers can be hung outside.
* Once dry, the peppers can be reconstituted by soaking in boiling
water for 15 minutes.
* Dried chili peppers can be used without reconstituting in soups or
* Dried chili peppers can be ground up using a coffee mill or mortar
and pestle for pepper flakes.
* Avoid rubbing your eyes while working with chili peppers and always
wash your hands when you are done.
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