How can I dry hot peppers?
Drying peppers is a simple procedure. Harvest mature peppers (the fruit of most varieties turn from green to red at maturity), wash to remove any dirt, then allow the fruit to dry for a few minutes on the kitchen counter. Once the preparation steps have been completed, spread the peppers on a wire mesh screen or rack and dry for several weeks. An alternate method requires a large needle and heavy thread. Thread the needle, then push the needle through the upper portion of a pepper. Slide the pepper down the thread and repeat, stringing additional peppers. Hang and dry the peppers in a warm, dry, well-ventilated location. The dried peppers may be ground as needed.