I made up some smoked jalapeno powder this week, I actually finished it this morning.
I took the peppers that I smoked, blended, and froze from last summer and blended it again. A total of 14 pounds of mash split among five 1/2 gal. jars to pour into the 5 freeze dryer trays. Three with a mix of jalapeno, rocoto, and Sugar Rush Peach peppers. One with Orange Spice Jalapenos. And one with nice ripe jalapenos.
Two and a half days later the trays come out and the water removed is frozen to the walls of the vacuum chamber by the process of sublimation.
And here is the water from that ice.
The super dryed mash.
And the result, 5 pints of awesome powder, vacuum sealed in the jars and good for many years in storage.
Last week I finished freeze drying my mangos from last season, about 50 pounds of Mango Sorbet got dried down to nearly nothing weight wise. I cut those into little "cookies". Gonna be a lot of sweet snackin'.