After the growing season of peppers comes harvesting, and there is only a handful of peppers you can eat at once. Therefore, you will need to preserve your peppers, and one major way of preserving your pepper is by drying. In this guide, we will be focusing on how to dry peppers so read on to find out.
Steps on How to Dry Peppers
Drying peppers involves removing moisture from the pepper. All types of pepper can be dried for preservation or storage. Below are some ways on how to dry peppers.
How to Dry Peppers With Food Dehydrator
If you are having a problem with air moisture which can prevent your pepper from air drying properly, you can opt for a food dehydrator. A food dehydrator is one easy and fast method of drying your peppers successfully.
- Select your fresh pepper. Bigger pepper should be cut into pieces so they can lose moisture and dry quickly. Smaller pepper of about 1 inch can be dried whole.
- Then set your dehydrator temperature between 135 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Your pepper should be well dried around 3 to 12 hours of dehydration depending on the thickness of your peppers. When your peppers become brittle shows they are well dried.
- Storing your dried pepper in a glass jar away from sunlight is a perfect way to preserve your pepper. This way, the color of your pepper is preserved.
How to Dry Pepper with Oven
Another option on how to dry peppers is with an oven.
- The first thing you want to do is to place the pepper on the baking sheet and turn the heat to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit. As your pepper continues to heat up, make sure you always check on them every 30 minutes.
- Don’t allow your pepper to get burnt or cooked. The aim is to dry it.
- Drying can take up to an hour or two. Try to leave the door of the oven open a little to allow moisture to leave.
How to Dry Peppers with Air Drying and Hanging
One simple way of drying pepper is air drying and hanging. This method depends on the weather in your area. A hot climate during the day with a temperature above 20 degrees Celsius can help dry your peppers. However, air moisture can hinder your pepper from drying appropriately.
Below are the steps on how to dry peppers with air drying and hanging method:
- The first step is to select thin-walled pepper rather than thick-walled pepper. Thin wall dry faster. Always choose fresh peppers for adequate results.
- Secondly, after harvesting your fresh pepper, the next step is to thread your fresh peppers on a string. With the help of a long needle, stick the stem of the pepper and string the pepper, making a loop around the peppers. Let there be space between the strings for adequate airflow.
- You can now proceed to hang your pepper in the sun. At night, take them inside so they don’t reabsorb moisture.
Air drying pepper can take a while so you will need some patience. It can take a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks.
Therefore, after successfully drying your peppers in the oven, you can now store them in an airtight glass jar.