How can I dry hot peppers?


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.  


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