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Peppers to Dry

September 5th, 2018

This year I grew two new varieties of peppers just for drying. We’ve eaten a few of them fresh, but they are two varieties specifically developed to dry. One is ‘Red Ember’ and the other ‘El Eden’, both from Johnny’s Seeds.

Since I only have one plant of each, I’m not keeping them separate. Both are getting trimmed and dried with plans to grind them into pepper powder. Neither pepper is very hot, so I’m hoping that mixing them will be a nice chili powder to use in the kitchen. So far, I’m pleased with both varieties and will continue to grow them each summer.

Do you grow any items to make spices from?

3 Comments to “Peppers to Dry”
  1. Val on September 5, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Do you get to air dry, or do you use a dehydrator?
    In humid Virginia, that is what I do, but it’s kind of a pain since it spits out hot spicy air!
    I dried baklouti peppers last year, but this year’s harvest looks to be too paltry. For spices, I love using green coriander seeds and shaking my fennel flowers for fresh pollen.

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    • Susy on September 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      I have a dehydrate setting on my oven so I’m using that. It’s much too humid here to dry them without it, they always tend to mold. that’s another reason I cut out the seeds, they are less likely to mold.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on September 6, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I dry in the dehydrator, this year I grew Fresno Flaming Fire peppers to make powder. They are certainly hot! I used to make hot sauces as gifts, but they would take up lots of space, so now I do powder and make them as needed.

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