Making Your Own Chili Powders

Making Chili Powders

Making Chili Powders

Chili powders are great. They’re perfect for rubs and seasonings, turning many a bland meal into one of wondrous flavor. While you can purchase a wide variety of chili powders and blends, another option is to make your own. If you’re like me, you have a huge garden with an overabundance of chili peppers, and turning them into powders is a great way to preserve them.

The process is simple. You dry out the peppers, then grind them into powders. I prefer to use a dehydrator. The process goes like this:

  1. Clean and dry your chili peppers. Only choose the best peppers. If any show signs of rot, toss them out.
  2. Chop your peppers into small pieces and set them skin sides down into your dehydrator.
  3. Once filled, turn your dehydrator on to the proper fruits/vegetables setting.
  4. Let the peppers dry for anywhere from 3-15 hours. The amount of time will depend on the number and thickness of your chili peppers. I usually let them go overnight.
  5. Once dried, transfer the peppers to a grinder and grind them into powders. Be careful of the dust. It can make you sneeze! Do this in a well ventilated room. You can also use a sifter to separate the powder from the material that didn’t grind down.
  6. Transfer to bags or bottles and use as needed.

I have set up a demo video of my latest batch of dehydrated peppers. See the link below to learn how to dehydrate chili peppers and make your own chili powder blends.

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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4 Responses to Making Your Own Chili Powders

  1. hey mike that looks good,love reading your blog check out are site at we grow ghost peppers ,you can also see us on facebook…keep up the awesome work and have a great day…

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