Hot Chili Peppers

23 Jun

Growing hot peppers this season?  Here are some things you can do to enjoy them all winter long.

DRY the chiles in the open air by laying the chiles on a cookie rack. Place the rack with the chiliies in a cool dry area. Once chiles are dry store them in a sealed jar. You can also string them up to air dry which is great for decoration and display.

Dried Chili Peppers

CRUSH dried chiles by placing them in a food processor until the peppers are ground into coarse flakes.  Transfer the crushed pepper flakes  to a spice jar, which can be stored in your spice cabinet.  Use the flakes to sprinkle on pizza, pasta and others dishes that you want to spice up a bit.

Chili Peppers

This also makes a great gift for your hot and spicy foodie friend!

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2 Responses to “Hot Chili Peppers”

  1. Joy June 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    How long does it take to dry the chilies? I’ve never done that.

  2. Susan T's Kitchen June 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    It can take a couple of weeks. Use a cookie cooling rack and place in the sun during the day and bring the rack in at night. Don’t forget to rotate. If you string them to dry, do as they do in South West and hang them outside for decoration. You can try the oven drying method by putting the cookie rack on a cookie sheet and dry on the lowest temperature rotate as needed. Let me know which works out for you.

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