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:
- Clean and dry your chili peppers. Only choose the best peppers. If any show signs of rot, toss them out.
- Chop your peppers into small pieces and set them skin sides down into your dehydrator.
- Once filled, turn your dehydrator on to the proper fruits/vegetables setting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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