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      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.

      Instructions

      Difficulty: Moderately Easy

      Things You’ll Need

      * Heavy Thread or Thin Fishing Line

      * Carpet needle or other needle with large eye

      * Chili Peppers

      Steps

      Step One

      Sort the chili peppers according to size.

      Step Two

      Cut a length of thread or fishing line to approximately 18 inches.

      Step Three

      Thread the line through the eye of the needle. Tie a knot on one end of the

      line.

      Step Four

      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

      three-quarters full.

      Step Five

      Remove the needle from the thread and tie a knot close to the top chili

      pepper.

      Step Six

      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

      drying.

      * 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

      stews.

      * 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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