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#1 bob65

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:03 AM

Hi all, relatively new user here. I have already gotten bucket loads of info from this forum, thanks for that.

 

 

I have just bought myself a dehydrator, going to use it for fruits, veges, jerky, etc.

 

 

So naturally my thoughts went to drying my orange habaneros to preserve them.

 

 

Looking through the forums for info, and it seems that most people here dry their chillies and turn them into powder or flakes.

Is there any reason why not to keep them whole for future use? Am I missing something or is this just to make them easier to use in recipes etc?

 

I read low temp and long time for doing the drying, so all good there unless I am told otherwise.

 

Lastly, your opinion on should I cut them in half before drying or leave whole.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:08 AM

Cut in half

 

Nothing wrong with keeping them as dried halves



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:20 AM

Welcome! Glad to have you post.


Think about how the dried chile would be used. When does anyone use whole dried chiles for anything? Sometimes the peppers are rehydrated and used into sauces and dinner dishes, sometimes ground into flakes or powder....

Cut peppers in half to accelerate drying, smaller pieces take up less space for storage... Do whatever works for you.
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:55 AM

Just going to throw out there that since mankind invented freezers, there's at least one more method of preserving food that doesn't involve drying if you don't want to go that route.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:56 AM

Think about how the dried chile would be used. When does anyone use whole dried chiles for anything? 

 

 

Someone should really pass this on to the nutcases that are drying anchos, chipotles, guajillos, pasillas, anaheims, nu mexes, cascabells, arbols, etc... whole. ;)



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:28 AM

Cut in half

 

Nothing wrong with keeping them as dried halves

 

Ditto!  I ground my first batch when I acquired my dehydrator, just because I hadn't done that before.  Nice alternative to the typical ground red pepper from the store. 



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:00 PM

I dried a bunch of ghost I keep whole. When I want flakes on a dish I literally pick one up and crush it over it. Other reasons to keep whole are for making Mexican dishes like mole etc. Or even chili con carne.

 

Powders take up less space, and can be more readily used on meals and in cooking is all. Really it's up to you!



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 02:02 PM

Lastly, your opinion on should I cut them in half before drying or leave whole.

 

Thanks.

 

Cutting in half not only speeds dry time, it allows you to deseed. So if you dry whole, and blend, you are getting seeds. Boom.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:28 PM

I guess it kinda makes sense to powder them.

 

Might do a bit of both and see how that goes.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:38 PM

They start losing flavor as soon as you grind them. I dry them cut in half and store that way. I grind them as the need arises, you retain much more flavor that way. I do the same with the garlic I dry, I dry them as little chips, store and grind into powder as needed.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:40 PM

That happens more with aromatics or things you toasted like seeds. With peppers have not found that to be the case.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:13 PM

That happens more with aromatics or things you toasted like seeds. With peppers have not found that to be the case.

Agreed, I have some stash powder from 2013 that is like the 2017....most could never tell. 


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:16 PM

I have some AlabamaJack 2009 stash lol.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:27 PM

I have some AlabamaJack 2009 stash lol.

Yeah I have stuff that old but did not make same in 2017 so can't compare. Even the smoked stuff holds on amazing!

 

I opened some Korean Flakes last week and they were all molded, made by 'Season with Spice'


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:32 PM

What do put your powder/flakes/whole peppers in once they are dried?



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:33 PM

What do put your powder/flakes/whole peppers in once they are dried?

Mason Jars

 

Or 1/2 pods commercial food storage bags then vacuum seal


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:34 PM

http://amzn.to/2FR5kCQ et al.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:36 PM

I'd need 10,000,000 of those for a season hahahah

 

For powder I like the dual lids, shake/pour

 

 

So many option out there but I vote always store in glass!


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:40 PM

Yeah, honesty if you plan to buy more than 4 or 5 the bottling supply places are better. I recommend Freund. Can get glass, with sift/spoon lids, and no minimum order requirements.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:42 PM

example: https://freundcontai...spoon-sift-cap/






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