Rehydrating dried chili peppers is simple, and a great way to incorporate chili peppers into your meal. While you can simple toss them into hot water and let them steep, a better way is as follows:
- Scoop out the insides of the dried pods with a knife. You can do this step after they are rehydrated, but I like to trim it out while dry. If you find this difficult, scoop out the innards later.
- Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and dry roast the peppers about 30-60 seconds per side. They will become slightly puffy and fragrant.
- Set peppers into an oven proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Use just enough to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your peppers.
- Remove from water and use as needed.
NOTE: The water used to rehydrate the peppers is useful. Nutrients from the peppers will seep into the water, so save the water for your recipe if you'd like.