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#1 The_Tongue

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 04:40 PM

So I receiving a nesco dehydrator in the mail. It will be my first time dehydrating peppers and also turning it into powder. My question is. What do y'all find works best to grind up the dried pods?



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 04:46 PM

So I receiving a nesco dehydrator in the mail. It will be my first time dehydrating peppers and also turning it into powder. My question is. What do y'all find works best to grind up the dried pods?

 

I used an old Braun coffee mill with pretty good results for a while.  Then I got this.  Can't say enough great about it.  I run pods for 4-5 days at lowest possible temps to hold as much color and taste as possible.  


Edited by SmokenFire, 06 July 2015 - 04:46 PM.

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 04:46 PM

Spice/coffee grinder
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Posted 06 July 2015 - 04:59 PM

Yup, coffee grinder FTW! :cheers:


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 05:00 PM

i use my ninja , shreds them in seconds !     :onfire:

definitely nesco !   got 2 of them , temp control .


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 05:14 PM

So exactly what I was thinking.



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 05:24 PM

 

I used an old Braun coffee mill with pretty good results for a while.  Then I got this.  Can't say enough great about it.  I run pods for 4-5 days at lowest possible temps to hold as much color and taste as possible.  

+1000

 

And when you get crazy like some of us these start to pile up :)

 

http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 05:51 PM

i just use a reqular old food processor...works wonders!



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 05:52 PM

That is true,Love mine(six 9 trays and two 4 trays) :party:
My Nesco's just gather dust now ;)
Good spice grinders offer a finer mill much like flour

+1000

 

And when you get crazy like some of us these start to pile up :)

 

http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 06:00 PM

Do y'all dehydrate full pods or cut up pods?



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 06:34 PM

Do y'all dehydrate full pods or cut up pods?

Depends on the type :)


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 06:42 PM

I use a blender and mason jars to grind my peppers.  Works great at making a nice fine powder.  As for full vs cut up for dehydrating, I always cut mine in half lengthwise.  Of course if you aren't planning on grinding the peppers, it would be more aesthetically pleasing to have the peppers whole.  But cutting them in half will speed up the drying process a great deal.



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 06:44 PM

I use a blender and mason jars to grind my peppers.  Works great at making a nice fine powder.  As for full vs cut up for dehydrating, I always cut mine in half lengthwise.  Of course if you aren't planning on grinding the peppers, it would be more aesthetically pleasing to have the peppers whole.  But cutting them in half will speed up the drying process a great deal.

This is very true for many chinense and some thick walled annuum but for most all Thai and cayenne type whole works perfectly!

 

 

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 08:02 PM

Do y'all dehydrate full pods or cut up pods?

 

totally dependent on size of pods.  smaller thin walled pods will dry fine whole.  larger thicker pods get halved or even quartered.  ideally you're shooting for everything to be roughly the same size when you put em in so they are dry in the same amount of time.  


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Posted 06 July 2015 - 08:09 PM

I use a blender and mason jars to grind my peppers.  Works great at making a nice fine powder.  As for full vs cut up for dehydrating, I always cut mine in half lengthwise.  Of course if you aren't planning on grinding the peppers, it would be more aesthetically pleasing to have the peppers whole.  But cutting them in half will speed up the drying process a great deal.

 

Ahh man.  I thought I was the first person to think of this.  A mason jar threads on perfectly.



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 09:10 PM

Thanks for all the info



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Posted 08 July 2015 - 12:04 PM

This is very true for many chinense and some thick walled annuum but for most all Thai and cayenne type whole works perfectly!

 

 

How you been doing man? 

Indeed you are correct sir.  I've been doing well, just extremely busy.  Work and life in general has kept me busy, need to go take some shots of the garden to post an update on my glog, since I've been woefully negligent of it.  I trust your plants are gearing up for a great powder season?

 

 

Ahh man.  I thought I was the first person to think of this.  A mason jar threads on perfectly.

It works great since you are grinding them in their final container.  Keeps the accidental macing to a minimum.  Jamie (romy6) is the one who clued me into using a blender first.



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Posted 08 July 2015 - 12:33 PM

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I get a fine powder this way too. Also, make sure to dry on a lower setting. I think anything above 115F may result in color change/cooking. Depending on the peppers, mine take about 48-72 hours in a Nesco style dehydrator. Mine is usually loaded up to 9 trays, so I may need to go the Excalibur route this year. If drying whole peppers, you may want at least make a small knife cut to allow for better drying.


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Posted 09 July 2015 - 12:20 PM

Just to add something:  If you decide the use the coffee grinder way make sure to seal up along it's edges as the fine powder will escape and potentially get on hands/eyes/and other body parts that will cause great pain.

I use a very slightly dampened paper towel around mine...collects the dust nicely when 1st popping the lid open.

 

Enjoy your peppers !



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Posted 17 August 2015 - 07:51 AM

+1000

 

And when you get crazy like some of us these start to pile up :)

 

http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/

 

 

i went straight crazy and purchased a nice vintage excalibur myself! 






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