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  •  I used to dehydrate peppers each year (0+ / 0-)

    We grew a lot of hot pepper varieties along with green, yellow, and red sweet peppers. With the hot peppers I sliced them in half and laid them out on the trays. With the sweet peppers I cut them lengthwise into 1/4" wide slices and laid them out. These could be stored in baggies or jars and would keep for well over a year. The sweet peppers slices could be rehydrated in warm water and turned out very good for cooking. I would also grind some of them in a coffee mill to use for thickening soups and such.

    I did the same with hot peppers, grinding them in the coffee mill until they were fairly fine grained. For years I made a ground blend that used many of the varieties that webranding has planted. I would stick with the red and orange peppers, no jalapenos, banana peppers, etc. just Cherries, Habaneros, Cayennes. Filipinos, Tabascos, Serrannos, and another I can't remember at the moment. I tried to balance their hotness, particularly with the Habaneros, using only a small amount of them relative to the others. This blend made an exceptional hot spice because it had the flavors and spicy characteristics of each of the varieties.

    I didn't bother trying to dry the Jalapenos for a few reasons. We mostly used them in salsa anyway, and they were a pain to work with. Most hot peppers have waxy skin that keeps the hot stuff contained. Many Jalapenos are more porous and will leave your hands burning if you work with them for an extended period of time.

     

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    by kbman on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 11:03:01 PM PDT

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