Peppers are tasty vegetables, and they will give excellent aroma to every dish! But the problem is that we don’t have fresh peppers during the entire year. In that case, a dry version can be a suitable replacement.
The taste depends on the type of pepper. It can be hot, sweet, intense, etc.
Dry peppers are perfect as a spice. Use them for meat, pasta, and pizza, or for any dish that requires stronger taste. When it comes to meat, one spoon of dry peppers will give a beautiful aroma to pork or beef. And if you like spicy, hot peppers are the perfect addition to every meal.
With dry Bell peppers, you can get a healthy lunch at any time of the year. Just fill them with some minced meat and vegetables. Then pour them over with a little bit of water and put in the oven. Chopped Bell peppers are an excellent addition to any other dish, and they will provide a unique aroma.
How can you dry peppers?
You can dry peppers in multiple ways, but it would be best to let them dry naturally. First, wash them good. If you want to dry Bell peppers, so that you can stuff them later, then remove the pedicel, placenta, and seeds. In other cases, it would be enough only to wash them.
Choose a sunny spot somewhere in your yard or on your porch. It will be best if you have a table to use. Over the table put some old tablecloth or newspapers. Place the peppers on the table. Do not place peppers on the pile; they all should be separate. Let the sunlight reach every pepper.
Also, let them stay like this for five to seven days. Then turn them all on the other side, so the other side of the pepper can dry as well. Leave them like this for another week, and they should be ready after this period. The drying period depends on the sort of pepper. Smaller and thinner peepers take a shorter period to dry, off course.
Drying peppers outdoors is natural and healthy. But only if you live in the countryside or in a suburb where there is not much traffic. If you live in the city, the air is not so fresh, and it would be best to dry your peppers indoors.
Just place them somewhere next to a window. It will be best if your windows are large. You have to expose them to sunlight. Don’t worry; peppers would not realize unpleasant or any other kind of smell. The rest of the procedure is just like drying peppers outdoors.
If you don’t want to scatter peppers in your apartment, or if you don’t have an adequate place next to the window where you can dry your peppers, no need to worry. There are other ways in which you can dry them.
Drying peppers in the oven, for example, is a good option. Only this time the procedure is a little more complicated. Put your peppers on the baking tray. Turn the oven on the lowest level. Depending on the sort of pepper, you will need eight to twelve hours to dry them. In every hour, flip the peppers over, so they don’t burn. It would be good to leave the oven a little open ( only an inch ), so the moisture can evaporate.
Buying a food dehydrator is a good investment if you like to dry your vegetables and fruit more often, including peppers. It is probably the most practical option for drying peppers if you are not able to dry them outdoors.
Storing dry peppers
Dry peppers do not require some special conditions when it comes to warehousing. It would be enough to leave them in a dry place, with average room temperature. You can dispose of them in baskets and cover them with a kitchen rag. You can also place them in a plastic dish with a lid or in the zip bags. If you have a pantry at your home, you can store your peppers there.
And if you like sweet or hot peppers, you can chop them and make a good spice. Please them in small jars or spice bottles and leave them on your kitchen shelf.