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In Topic: Preservation thread

11 December 2018 - 08:49 PM

They don't need to be rehydrated, and are very tasty, but quite different from their prior status! Also, F-D Hostess Twinkies are also quite a treat!

In Topic: Tried to make ghost chips

08 December 2018 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for the tip! The only downside to freeze drying has been the need to change the oil in the HarvestRight vacuum pump with each batch: I usually spill some somewhere that's hard to clean up, and am needing to use nitrite gloves to keep my hands clean!


So, I sprung for their new oil-less scroller pump that's supposed to arrive next week. If it proves to be what I hope, I'll be running the FD machine practically nonstop. We did some split pea with ham soup that naturally powdered up and reconstitutes back to its original consistency and taste. Pretty slick!

In Topic: Tried to make ghost chips

07 December 2018 - 07:43 PM

The ghost pepper processing went well. I freeze-dried them extensively, and they were very easy to powder in our Ninja processor. I did the deed outside on the deck with a moderate wind blowing away from the processing activity. I was very careful, but did not use any protective gear. I did get just a teeny whiff and ZOWIE!!


I have the powder in a vacuum sealed canning jar, and a small amount in a salt shaker on our dining table. Same with freeze dried and powdered jalapeño and habanero peppers. The powders don't show any sign of caking or clumping, even with no additives, and it's fun to have a variety of "zap on tap" on the table. A pinch of the ghost pepper powder in a pint of cottage cheese makes a very tasty product!

In Topic: Using a dehydrator

05 October 2018 - 07:43 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.

I freeze dry my ghosts, jalapeños and habaneros, powder them and store them in vacuum jars. I don't think that they will loose any potency for years!

In Topic: Preservation thread

24 September 2018 - 06:39 PM

It's properly oriented in my Mac Preview!