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Looks like I am getting a bumper crop of ghost peppers (bhut jolokia), far too many to use in real time since they are sooooo hot. I have tried to dehydrate these a couple times in the past and had no luck. I tried low temps in a toaster oven, and simple air dehydrating. Different but bad results each way. Anyone here know a reliable DIY way to do this or do you really need a real dehydrator?
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Any pepper is one of the harder things to dehydrate. I suggest freezing them in single use size baggies. They will be fine for cooking when thawed. I have tried blanching and raw freezing with cores removed and can tell no difference between the 2.
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My wife grows and dried mini peppers. Sews them on a string and hangs in a sunny window.

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I have dehydrated peppers many times before (not ghost peppers, but other hot peppers) with a dehydrator, but out in the garage otherwise you will not be able to be in the house, it fills the air with the “heat” of the peppers.


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Looks like I am getting a bumper crop of ghost peppers (bhut jolokia), far too many to use in real time since they are sooooo hot. I have tried to dehydrate these a couple times in the past and had no luck. I tried low temps in a toaster oven, and simple air dehydrating. Different but bad results each way. Anyone here know a reliable DIY way to do this or do you really need a real dehydrator?

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Btw, how are your tomato plants?
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I freeze much of the peppers and spices we grow. BUT I use a sealing machine that sucks out all the air. They keep a lot longer without the condensation that often results in freezer burn. As Colbyt says, small bags at a time.
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Any pepper is one of the harder things to dehydrate. I suggest freezing them in single use size baggies. They will be fine for cooking when thawed. I have tried blanching and raw freezing with cores removed and can tell no difference between the 2.


This. I buy bell peppers in different colors - clean, chop into pieces then placed in freezer in separate baggies. I don’t even blanch or vacuum seal them. Makes it so convenient to just grab a handful to toss into stews. I don’t know if they’re any good (crisp) in a raw salad mix.

I do the same for tomatoes and ginger. Frozen ginger is fun to grate.
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On my previous attempts the peppers ended up rotting before they got dry. Tomatoes are mostly doing well. The Roma plants are making lots of fruit, although the variety I got doesn't have a lot of pulp inside. But they make good tomato sauce.

I did freeze a batch last year and they kept OK. I just froze them whole in double freezer bags. I take out one at a time for use. I still have some of last years in the freezer that I will toss and replace.

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Hmm. @raylo32 :

I've dried Japapenos and tomatoes by putting them on cookie sheets in the hot sun, and putting screen over them to keep bugs out.

Keep in mind, it's a lot dryer here than in MD, though.

I also have used @rjniles ' wife's approach as well, though it seems to work best with small peppers.

And, do please mind @david86camaro 's warning! Pepper "hot" is an oil and it gets all over. It will clear your sinuses, ho-ho-ho yeah, sometimes more than you bargain for.

Be especially mindful of ghost peppers with, what, something like a million Scovill units apiece.

I suspect you already know all that, I'm just giving a public service warning. (I've gotten a few of those here!)

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Any pepper is one of the harder things to dehydrate. I suggest freezing them in single use size baggies. They will be fine for cooking when thawed. I have tried blanching and raw freezing with cores removed and can tell no difference between the 2.
Ever try drying them in the hot blistering sun?
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Ever try drying them in the hot blistering sun?

This KY. The bugs and humidity would cause rot before they dried. As a boy I recall neighbors stringing up and air drying small, ripe peppers for winter use but I've not done it. Freezing works well for me.
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I string up my italian long hot peppers with a needle and thread through the stem.
Then I just string up the whole thing and hang them up
somewhere (not in the sun)
When they’re totally dried out I fry them quickly in hot olive oil
turning frequently ( It only takes a minute) They blow up and get
crunchy remove them to a plate and immediately salt them.
very delicious crumbled over pasta and lots of other dishes.
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On my previous attempts the peppers ended up rotting before they got dry. Tomatoes are mostly doing well. The Roma plants are making lots of fruit, although the variety I got doesn't have a lot of pulp inside. But they make good tomato sauce.

I did freeze a batch last year and they kept OK. I just froze them whole in double freezer bags. I take out one at a time for use. I still have some of last years in the freezer that I will toss and replace.

I found this from a more humid area. https://extension.umn.edu/preserving...ying-food-home


I wonder if slicing them would increase the success of drying? I know it takes away from the beauty, but, it might mean success. Just wear gloves or don't touch your face, eyes!


They recommend where I live to dry peppers or Arizona.
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