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#1 The Hot Pepper

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:13 PM

re: for peppers

 

I have a 24" oven which means the chamber is relatively small. It is electric and has European convection (true convection) which has a rear fan with an element around it.

 

This made me think, wow, this oven is very similar to the look and operation of a large dehydrator!

 

I would like to try this as my dehydrator, but looking for any tips... thanks!



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:21 PM

is it digital? i would set it for 100 degrees and leave the door open an inch or so. i used a toaster oven to dehydrate and it worked out well by setting the heat as low as it would go. it took 8 to 10 hours but did a good job. 



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:24 PM

It's not digital but I do have an aftermarket thermometer inside to regulate temps...



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:26 PM

It should work IF..... The convection works at 170, I think that's the lowest an oven will work, at least that's what my gas oven does. That's how I dried out the pepper salt and it worked great. It won't take long either, maybe 2-3 hours before they start to darken on the edges.

 

Try to play with the temps and see how low it works.



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:32 PM

re: for peppers
 
I have a 24" oven which means the chamber is relatively small. It is electric and has European convection (true convection) which has a rear fan with an element around it.
 
This made me think, wow, this oven is very similar to the look and operation of a large dehydrator!
 
I would like to try this as my dehydrator, but looking for any tips... thanks!


I should work absolutely fine. Temp is the biggest issue. You need to be able to get it down to 160. I used the same thing(except gas not electric) for a couple years before getting a dehydrator.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:34 PM

Thanks for the tips.

 

I don't need an extra appliance around, and this oven just looks like it would work well. I'll give it a shot.

 

The oven is electric, the top is gas, it's called dual fuel... smart investment so far! Love cooking on gas, with electric baking. :cheers:



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:45 PM

something like this might be worth the space ?

https://www.amazon.c...W/dp/B0085ISSR6

 

or if you already have a stainless cooling rack and a sheet pan.


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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:54 PM

GIP, I was thinking more, get these type sheets and put on my racks

 

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:56 PM

I have only ever used my oven to dehydrate peppers as I don't have a dehydrator. Given that it works so well I don't really have any future plans to get a dehydrator. 

Mine is an electric fan forced/convection oven, I set it to about 60c/140f and run it for as long as is needed. If you run it too hot your peppers will darken, so if you want to keep more of the original color,  run it cooler for longer. 
 
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I usually run it while I can attend to it, checking it, and stirring the peppers along the way. If needed, I'll shut it off and leave the door closed so as not to reintroduce moisture, then continue it when it suits.

 

Hope this helps,

 

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 08:16 PM

Important tip, be very careful when opening the door to check on your superhots, it's kinda like getting pepper sprayed.....

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 11:21 AM

I haven't tried it, but it should work. If you're drying supers, a good vent will help, otherwise, you might run folks out of the house.



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 01:25 PM

I, also, have a true convection oven.  If you can set your temps low enough, yes, it works really well.  On mine, I have to jury-rig something to keep the open door latch from shutting off the fans.  Done easily enough with the right shape/density piece of wadded-up aluminum foil.


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