All summer I’ve been collecting hot chili peppers from the farmer’s market and bringing them home to the dehydrator. I am totally hooked.
We love some spice to our food, but I have sensitive skin and I find it annoying to haul out the plastic gloves just to dice up one tiny pepper.
I’ve done that plenty of times… But this year, I have a dehydrator.
I bought a crazy amount of peppers over the last 3 months.
I got a variety of types and a variety of colors:
|Spread out and ready to dry
They were dark green, light green, red, yellow and purple.
It’s very simple:
Wash the peppers
Seeds will make it spicier, de-seeding tones the spice down.
Spread the pepper pieces our onto your dehydrator tray.
Dehydrate at 125 degrees F until peppers are dry. Approximately 4-8 hours, depending on size of pieces.
|All done dehydrating
When they are all dry, place trays over clean counter top, as some pieces will fall through the mesh while you are putting them in your jar. This way, you can gather the small bits and add them to your jar.
Dehydrated peppers take about 30 minutes to re-hydrate in a dish. They add wonderful flavor to chili, taco meat, spaghetti sauce, soup and roasts.
The nice part of having a jar of dehydrated peppers?
It’s easy to add a teaspoon to any dish and saves a lot of prep time!
The peppers I got are a bit on the spicy side, so for one dish it really only takes 1/2 teaspoon to add good flavor. For chili, I put in a full teaspoon, because we do like our chili hot.
|Half gallon jar full of
tiny pepper pieces
*Wear rubber gloves!
Even if you can handle cutting up one or two peppers, when you are dicing 20 or more, it will burn your skin. Safety glasses aren’t a bad idea either- I’ve managed to get a couple squirts in the eye from the juicier peppers. Yes, that was slightly unpleasant.
Not as bad as when I rubbed my eye after dicing peppers barehanded…
If by chance you do get some on your skin and it continues to burn, even after much washing. Soak the skin in lime juice for about 5 minutes.