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Drying Thai Hot peppers?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Beetle-Kill, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    I'll end up with about a 1/4 full margarine container full by tomorrow. What's the best way to dry them, or are there better ways to preserve them? They're supposed to be 1 of the top 10 hottest out there, so I have no intention of using them all anytime soon.
    Thanks.

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  2. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    I freeze mine on a cookie sheet. Then freezer bag them.Same with the habenaros.
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I've tried to dry peppers without heat or a dehydrator and ended up with mold inside. Thais are usually small enough that they might work strung via needle and thread through the stems and hung in a very warm dry place, but freezing would be a safe r option. Suck the air out of the ziplock bag with a straw to prevent freezer burn. I know how valuable stuff like that is when you grow it.
  4. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Thank you, into the freezer they go. Then vacumn sealed bags and next, some stir fry or Mexican chile.
    Thanks again, JB
  5. begreen

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    We hang them upside down tied to a string and in a paper bag, then we just let it hang in a warm area of the house for a few weeks. They dry out very nicely. We're still using some from last year.
  6. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I freeze all peppers. They seem to keep forever. I would only dry them if you want to shake some flakes/dust on top of something after cooking. If you are going to cook the peppers freezing is a no-brainer...it is as easy as it gets. I just bag 'em and freeze 'em. Lee's idea might cut down on some frost, but frost doesn't bother me.
  7. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    I've still got some that are dark green, almost black. Do you harvest those, or leave them out for an unsuspecting squirrel?

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