Things You'll Need:
- Chili, sweet or jalapeno peppers
1Wash the peppers and allow them to dry on a towel.
2Set the oven to a temperature between 100 and 150 degrees. If your oven does not heat to a temperature this low, it will probably not work well for drying foods.
3Place the peppers on a pan and allow them to dry in the oven for several days until they are completely dry. You can stem, cut and seed peppers before drying them, but it isn't necessary. Chili peppers will turn dark red when they are completely dry. The chili peppers that started out green will turn dark red as well.
4Chili peppers, dried whole and ground, make excellent chili powder. It is much better than anything you will find in a store. You can grind chili peppers with a coffee grinder.
5Jalapeno peppers are most attractive when dried sliced. They can be reconstituted easily by covering them with water and allowing them to stand for a short period of time (usually less than an hour if the pieces are small). Alternatively you can substitute dried peppers for fresh peppers in recipes at a ratio of 1/3. Use 1/3 the amount of fresh peppers called for and add a little water to the recipe.
Tips & Warnings
- When drying jalapeno peppers, be sure to wash your hands completely if you touch the peppers while they are drying! Concentrated jalapeno juice will BURN your skin!