How to dry red hot pepper

Beneficial features

It is very useful to use hot pepper for liver diseases, bronchial asthma, any manifestations of allergies, colds and insomnia.
In small doses, this product is recommended for children to increase appetite and improve mental performance. And adults who regularly consume chili peppers have a strong nervous system and good health. It is interesting that production employees who prepare chili peppers never get a runny nose. And according to recent research, this product can even prevent the development of cancer.

Hot peppers are useful not only in cooking, but also in medicine. Alcohol tincture is often used to stimulate hair growth, rheumatism and muscle pain are treated with pepper plaster, and in the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda, chili pepper is generally included in almost all preparations.

They should also be fully ripe and a rich red, yellow or orange color. Ripe fruits contain the maximum concentration of a substance that gives the product its signature burning taste. So if you don't like excessive heat, it is better to use unripe chili peppers.

By the way, this same substance that makes our mouth burn with fire acts as a natural preservative. It is thanks to him that hot pepper practically does not rot, and if you forget about it, it will happily dry out where it was placed without losing its nutritional properties.

Fresh hot peppers

When thinking about how to store hot peppers, you should first think about preserving the beneficial properties of the vegetable. Observant gardeners noticed that it practically does not spoil. Left unattended, chili will simply dry out over time, provided the room is dry.

  • place it in a room where it is dry and cool (7-10 ° C);
  • protect from sunlight, as they reduce the beneficial properties of pepper;
  • put the vegetable in boxes or plastic bags (stores up to one and a half months);
  • dig up a bush with pods and hang it on an insulated balcony, in a storage room (it will remain fresh for three months).

You can grow a fresh hot vegetable on the windowsill in your apartment if you choose bush pepper.

Bush pepper is a decorative variety of hot pepper that can be grown indoors.

For example:

  • “Indian Summer” – bears fruit for 4 months;
  • “Splashes of the Sun” - a variety with yellow fruits;
  • “Bead” – round orange fruits;
  • “Dragon” – very spicy taste;
  • "Carmen" - large fruits of universal use;
  • "Bride" is a very fragrant variety;
  • “Queen of Spades” – large, fragrant fruits of universal use;
  • "Rowanushka" - orange fragrant fruits.

2-3 decorative bushes with fragrant pods will not only decorate the interior, but will also provide a sharp taste sensation.

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The highest concentration of beneficial substances is found in a fully ripe pod. This is indicated by a rich color, which can be red, orange, yellow depending on the variety.

Sushi storage

If the humidity level in the storage/kitchen is constantly low, then dried bell peppers can be stored in tied canvas bags.

If the pepper was air-dried, then before placing it in jars it must be “disinfected” - calcined in the oven.

To do this, the oven is heated to a temperature of 90C°...100C° and turned off. Immediately place the dried pepper in the oven and keep it there until it cools.

Unlike store-bought chips and crackers, paprika will definitely not harm your health or affect your weight.

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Homemade dried chili peppers

What to do with the hot pepper harvest? Part of the harvest can be pickled, the rest can be dried and ground to be added to various dishes.

Preparing peppers for drying

Drying peppers requires preliminary preparation:

Selection of raw materials for drying. We sort the peppers, selecting for drying evenly colored fruits that are not affected by spots or other damage.

  • Washing the pepper. Wash the selected pods thoroughly and place them on paper towels to drain.
  • Drying chili peppers. Leave the washed peppers in a warm place for a couple of days so that the air can draw out excess moisture from them. If you choose to dry whole pods, the preparation process is complete. Otherwise, cut them crosswise, remove the achenes and stems, and cut them into small half rings with a maximum width of 0.5 cm.

Methods for drying red hot pepper

Dried chili peppers can be prepared in many ways: let's look at each of them.

Dried chili pepper

How to dry hot peppers in an electric dryer

To dry peppers using this device, do the following:

  • Place the dried peppers on the grates.
  • We dry them in an electric dryer at full power for 12 hours, occasionally turning the raw materials so that they do not dry out on the racks.

If you are drying sliced ​​peppers, the drying time is 6 hours.

How to dry chili peppers in the oven

To dry the peppers for further grinding into powder, use the oven:

  • Finely chop the peppers without seeds and stems.
  • Place the pepper raw materials on baking sheets.
  • Preheat the oven to 55 degrees and place the baking sheets for 4-5 hours, occasionally stirring the raw materials.

To prevent the peppers from roasting, keep the oven door ajar at all times.

How to Dry Red Hot Peppers Naturally

To dry the pepper crop in air, do this:

  • If you decide to dry the whole peppers, string them on a thick thread, piercing the fruits with a needle below the legs.
  • We hang the pepper garlands in a ventilated, dry place and wait until they dry.
  • If you need to dry chopped peppers, lay out the raw materials on sieves or paper (newspaper). Place in the same place for 10 days and stir regularly. Every 2 days we change the paper to better dry the raw materials.

If you dry peppers in winter, hang the pods over the radiator, and they will dry no worse than in an electric dryer.

How can you tell if the pepper is dry? It becomes darker, wrinkles greatly and breaks easily.

How to Store Dried Chili Peppers

Dried chili spice can be stored as it is dried or ground into powder. You can grind pepper using a regular coffee grinder.

Dried peppers are stored in three ways:

  • Pour the powder into a glass jar, close it tightly and put it in a cool place away from light.
  • Pour ground pepper into a glass jar, cover it with several layers of gauze and put it in a dry place without light.
  • Pour the pepper into a jar, close it and put it in the freezer: this way it retains the smell and taste even longer.

Dried chilies can be stored for a year. And if you store it whole, you can decorate the kitchen with pepper garlands.

How to Store Dried Chili Peppers

Storage – container, location, for how long

The readiness of the seasoning is checked by testing the pods for breaks. If the peppers become brittle and crumble with little effort, drying is complete. Dried peppers become shriveled. If unripe fruits are collected, they may take on the color of mature peppers of the same variety.

Under-dried peppers remain flexible, while over-dried ones acquire an unnatural color: they become much lighter or darker than they were before harvesting.

You can store dried peppers in the form of whole fruits, large pieces or powder. Whole fruits are placed in a glass jar and tightly closed with a lid to prevent moisture from entering during storage. If you have dried the peppers in the form of “garlands”, you can use them as a decorative decoration for the kitchen - the bright fruits stimulate the appetite. This way the seasoning will always be at hand.

To keep the peppers compact, you can grind them in a coffee grinder to pieces or powder and store them in a jar or plastic ziplock bag.

To preserve the aroma and heat of the pepper, housewives advise placing sushina in the freezer, wrapped in cling film, or pouring it into a glass container.

The shelf life of dry seasoning is about 12 months. Keep the peppers away from moisture, and they will delight you with their taste and aroma all year long.

The simplest, “grandmother’s” method of drying chili peppers is similar to drying clothes.

In a dry, ventilated, bright room, stretch a clothesline.

Each pepper is pierced in the area of ​​the stalk with a needle and thread and attached to a rope using the same thread.

The fruits should not touch each other.

Well-dried peppers are placed in canvas bags or glass jars, covered with parchment paper, and stored in a dry place.

Peppers that are not completely dried, but have already hardened and are beginning to “curl”, can be removed from the rope, strung as a “necklace” on a thick thread and hung, decorating the kitchen interior with them. They will dry out and create a pleasant atmosphere, while also disinfecting the room.

The most simple way: lay out parchment paper on the windowsill and place washed peppers on it in one layer. The peppers will dry out within 3 weeks as long as you turn them over periodically. To speed up the process, you can cut each fruit in half.

Peppers are dried in gas and electric ovens. Before this procedure, the pods are thoroughly washed and dried with a paper towel. The fruits can be dried whole, cut in half or smaller. Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper, lay out the pods in one layer and place in the oven (50-60 °C). The door should be slightly open so that the pods do not bake, but rather dry.

After a couple of hours, turn off the oven, but do not close the door. A day later, set the same temperature regime and continue heat treatment for another 2 hours. Cool directly in the oven, turning it off, and before storing the hot peppers, place them in bags or glass jars.

It is very convenient to dry peppers in an electric dryer. The process usually takes about 12 hours, but this depends on whether the fruits are whole or fragmented. It’s also a good idea to look at the instructions for your unit. Fruits in an electric dryer are dried evenly, perfectly preserving their beneficial and tasteful qualities.

It's not enough to just cook a vegetable. The dried seasoning still needs to be preserved. If storage in pods is not intended, then it is advisable to grind the pepper. This is done either in a food processor or in a coffee grinder.

Dried vegetables, berries, mushrooms and fruits do not tolerate moisture. Therefore they can be placed in:

  • cotton bags;
  • in glass jars. They are not covered with a lid, but covered with gauze folded in several layers (if the pepper is in pods);
  • in glass, tightly closed jars (if pepper is powdered);
  • leave strung on a rope.

Experienced housewives advise placing the container with pepper powder in the freezer. This way, both the spiciness and aroma of the seasoning will last much longer. If you leave the peppers on the rope, then the green and red fagots will become an additional decoration in the kitchen.

It is not enough to simply dry the pepper; it must be stored properly. If everything is done correctly, you can use the seasoning for 12-36 months without loss of aroma and pungency.

Suitable methods:

  • fagots or “garlands” in the air,
  • glass jars with tight metal or nylon lids,
  • sealed plastic food containers,
  • ceramic vessels,
  • wooden boxes with tightly ground lids,
  • canvas, linen or paper bags.

It will be necessary to provide special storage conditions. The room humidity should be below 55-60%, otherwise the pepper will become damp. It quickly loses its characteristic smell, becomes moldy, and often harbors parasites. It is prohibited to use a damaged product.

You can put dried peppers in plastic bags, but you need to keep them deep frozen. It is better to package it in small portions, because it cannot be frozen again.

Ready dried fruits look beautiful and appetizing, but hanging on a garland they may not show off for long. The fact is that warm air in the kitchen from a constantly working stove or from central heating is not suitable for open storage of food. The peppers will quickly begin to lose their shine and begin to crumble.

It is customary to grind dry capsicums in a coffee grinder. Then it is poured into glass jars and closed with metal lids. In such a container, the pepper will not lose its spicy aroma and vigorous taste. It is advisable to store chili in a cool, dark place. On the advice of experienced chefs, the container with pepper can be placed in the refrigerator to prolong its taste and aromatic properties.

Dried pods do not tolerate moisture, so they should be kept:

  • fabric bags;
  • in glass jars if the pods are ground;
  • in open jars covered with gauze (whole pods).

If the pepper is stored in pods, then you should not cut off its oxygen and store it in an airtight jar. The lid should always be slightly open so that air constantly circulates in the container. The shelf life of whole fruits is 1 year. If the rules are followed, ground dried pepper can be stored for up to two years.

Tasty and elegant how to dry peppers at home

Traditional decoration of kitchens in a rustic style - bunches of dried red peppers, onions, garlic on the walls - is not only an original element of the interior and the food pantry at hand. The essential oils released even by dried peppers, onions and garlic help improve the atmosphere in the room and reduce the risk of colds and infectious diseases.

The simplest and most aesthetically beautiful way to dry hot capsicums is the method mentioned above, namely: hanging them on the walls and under the ceiling in the form of garlands. For this preparation, the pods are strung on a strong thread or fishing line by piercing the stalk, arranged so that the vegetables do not touch, and dried in a well-ventilated and dry room. No additional steps for turning and storing the product are required here.

Traditional options for drying pods in an oven, electric dryer or in air in cut form are also effective

Here it is necessary to take into account precautions associated with the increased pungency of the vegetable:

  • cut the pods only with gloves, without touching your face or especially your eyes with your hands,
  • place your face at some distance from the cutting board or laid out vegetables. You can use a fabric mask or respirator,
  • The process should not be entrusted to allergy sufferers or people suspected of possible allergic reactions or bronchial asthma. Even openly storing dried hot peppers in areas where allergy sufferers are often present is dangerous.

In dried form, the product has less effect on the body, but requires careful attention.

When figuring out how to dry peppers, you should pay attention to the choice of vegetables: the pods should not be damaged or rotten; uneven color indicates that rotting has begun. Depending on the spiciness and meatiness of the variety, cutting is carried out into halves, quarters, eighths or in the form of straws, cubes, rings

It should be noted that you should only remove the seeds from hot pepper if you need to reduce its severity.

Dried pepper can be used both in the form of pieces - whole pods, and in powder form - this is the most convenient option in terms of dosage. For grinding, you can use a coffee grinder, food processor, or a special spice grinder.

If this happens, you must thoroughly rinse the surfaces of the skin and mucous membranes on which the powder has come in contact with water and consult a doctor!

Depending on the type of pepper used for drying, its dosage per serving of hot or cold food differs - this must be taken into account and added to the dish with caution

Preparing the vegetable

Any hot pepper is suitable for drying, both ripened and those that have not gained mass in late autumn. Fruits (even small ones), picked unripe green, become red when dried, and they have a burning taste throughout the entire period of growth and formation of the pod. Hot peppers, depending on the variety, are yellow, dark brown, green and even black.

The main condition for harvesting is the absence of signs of spoilage on the fruit.

Preparing pods for drying at home does not take much time and does not require complex procedures. If the peppers are stained with soil, they are washed with cold water, wearing gloves in advance.

The seeds of the fruit contain the largest amount of pungent substance, so those who do not like very hot seasoning can dry the pods by first cutting them into slices or rings and removing the seeds. Usually the peppers are dried whole.

Before you start directly drying the pepper, you must first prepare it. Preparation stages:

  • You need to sort out the peppers, choosing pods of the same color;
  • There should be no stains or damage on the vegetable;
  • If there are even small dots, especially orange in color, such pepper should be thrown away;
  • The sorted peppers are thoroughly washed under running water, then dried on a paper towel;
  • It is advisable to leave clean peppers for 1-2 days in a warm room for mild drying;
  • If the pepper is dried whole, then the preparation procedure is completed. If you are going to dry it in crushed form, cut the vegetable crosswise and remove the seeds and stem. Then cut the pepper into half rings or small cubes with scissors.

Ways to preserve hot peppers for the winter

You can store hot peppers in different ways: dry in pods, ground, fresh in the refrigerator, frozen and pickled or canned. Let's look at each of them in more detail.


As a rule, hot peppers are usually stored dried.

Collect the peppers, dry them thoroughly, and then store them in a relatively cool and dark place, for example, in a kitchen cabinet, first putting the peppers in a glass jar and closing it with a nylon lid (or parchment paper, securing it with an elastic band).

How to properly dry hot peppers:

  • You cannot dry it in the sun, only in the shade
    (i.e., avoiding direct sunlight), for example, under a canopy, in a gazebo or in the attic. In addition, the room must have good ventilation.
  • It is very convenient to dry hot peppers by securing (tying) the pods by the stalks on a strong thread and hanging them in the kitchen (in the room) until completely dry.
  • Alternatively, you can also simply lay out the pods in a single layer on the paper.
  • It will take a long time to dry naturally (from 2 weeks to a month) until the peppers become light and fragile.

If you don't want to wait, then your choice is an electric dryer, which will take only 8-12 hours to dry. Or you can use the oven (1.5-2 hours at a temperature of 50-60 degrees, with the door slightly closed).

Video: how to preserve hot peppers for the winter (dried)

In the ground

If you want to preserve hot pepper for as long as possible, then it would be optimal to immediately prepare the spice from it, i.e. grind.

A few tips for preparing and storing ground hot pepper:

  • You only need to grind well-dried peppers;
  • It will be most convenient to grind in a coffee grinder, after cutting the pods into small pieces;

It should be stored in a jar that closes as tightly as possible.

Video: how to make ground hot pepper with your own hands


It's very simple: put the pods in food bags, preferably with holes (which you can make yourself) and put them in the refrigerator, in the vegetable department.

In frozen

In general, this is another way to keep peppers fresh in winter, or rather, frozen.

Step-by-step instructions for freezing hot peppers:

  • rinse the fruits under water and then blot with a paper towel;
  • cut into pieces/rounds (to make it easier to defrost later) or put whole pods in plastic bags or special containers for freezing;
  • store in the freezer.

Video: freezing hot peppers for the winter

Pickled or canned

Canning and pickling hot peppers is a great way to diversify the winter menu and prepare twists with excellent taste. The main advantage is that there are no limits to your imagination; you can experiment with adding different quantities and types of vinegar, honey, sugar, salt, and spices.

We offer the following recipes for pickling hot peppers for the winter:

  • 1 recipe (ingredients: hot pepper, 300 ml. 9% table vinegar);
  • Recipe 2 (ingredients: hot pepper, 250 ml. 6% apple cider vinegar, add 4 tbsp. liquid honey);
  • Recipe 3 (ingredients: hot pepper, 250 ml. 6% wine vinegar, add 4 tbsp liquid honey and 1 tsp salt).

Step-by-step instructions for pickling hot peppers:

  • Rinse the peppers thoroughly and dry.
  • Remove the stalks and, if desired, the core with seeds, but you can leave it (if you want it “spicier”).
  • Cut the pepper into arbitrary pieces, but such that they easily fit into the jar.
  • Place pieces or whole pods tightly into jars.
  • Pour vinegar and cover the jars with lids, but do not roll them up.
  • Turn the jar up and down so that the peppers are saturated with the marinade and add to the top.
  • Store in the refrigerator (until next season).

In oil

If you like the idea of ​​canning in oil, here's what you need to do to preserve hot peppers that way:

  • rinse the pods, remove seeds (if desired, you can leave them to make them “spicier”), cut into slices/rounds;
  • fill the jar and fill it to the top with oil (sunflower or olive);
  • put it in the kitchen cabinet.

Video: how to preserve hot peppers for the winter (preservation in oil and vinegar)

Hot pepper is an ideal spice for year-round use. It gives dishes a special spicy taste and amazing aroma to a huge number of dishes. The main thing is to learn how to store vegetables for the winter and store hot capsicums in conditions suitable for them. Bon appetit!

Video: how to preserve hot peppers for the winter

Varieties of drying chili peppers

Hot pepper has gained immense popularity due to its truly unique composition and beneficial properties.
It is used both in cooking and in medicine and cosmetology.

Hot pepper is a universal seasoning that contains a huge amount of vitamin C, A and B6, as well as magnesium, potassium and iron.

The most effective way to store food is drying. This option is suitable as winter preparations for hot peppers. The product retains its burning properties even in dry form. But not all housewives manage to dry it without spoiling, so the website has found several ways to do it correctly.

Product preparation

For drying, it is necessary to select ripe fruits with uniform color and smooth skin. Do not use peppers with any damage or signs of rot. Rinse each peppercorn under running water, then dry to remove moisture. If you dry the fruits as a whole, then this is where the preparatory work ends.

In some cases, housewives prefer to prepare hot peppers in cut form. This makes it easier to chop before adding to the dish. Cut each fruit lengthwise and remove the seeds, which you can dry separately and also use for cooking.


Advice. If the pepper is very hot, such as chili, then use gloves. This way the skin on your hands will not get burned.

Drying peppers

Fruits can be dried in several ways: in the sun, in the oven and in their entirety. When drying outdoors, you will need sunny weather with the least amount of humidity. So check the weather forecast first.

Prepare a baking tray. It is perfect as a base for drying peppers. Additionally, there is no need to cover it with parchment. Place the product on it, skin side up, and expose it to the sun.

Turn the pepper slices every 7-8 hours so that they dry evenly on all sides.

To dry the fruit in the oven, also cut into slices. Place them on a baking sheet. Do not place the peppers close to each other. Hot air should circulate freely between its pieces. Preheat the oven to 40 degrees and place the pepper in it. Leave the door slightly open to allow excess moisture to evaporate.

The cooking time of the product will depend on its size. Determine readiness by the pulp - if it begins to darken, then the pepper is ready. Typically it takes about 8 hours to dry.

To harvest the whole fruit, you only need a thread. Cut it to the required length.


To thread the pepper, do not pierce the flesh, but tie it around the stem. This way you will not damage the skin of the product and it will not begin to rot. Secure all the fruits in this way.

Hang the string in a well-ventilated area where the sun's rays can reach the pepper. It will take up to 3 weeks for the product to dry completely.

Drying hot peppers at home is not difficult if you know how to do it correctly.

Hot peppers - piquant, healthy, tasty and aromatic - can always be found in the bins of a good housewife. But fruits grown and harvested with their own hands have especially outstanding qualities.

Hot pepper is a very rewarding vegetable: it is unpretentious in cultivation, very productive and not capricious during storage, because it itself contains preservative substances.

Properly prepared peppers are perfectly stored in a city apartment until the next “pepper” season. And if it is dried and ground, it will enrich your food with its wonderful taste and aroma even longer, taking up a rather modest place in one of the kitchen cabinets.

In Mexico and Chile, Thailand and India, not a single main dish is complete without hot pepper.

Residents of these countries, located in different parts of the world, are united in one thing - this product is healing.

And they are not wrong.


Hot pepper helps digest heavy foods, cleanses the intestines of pathogenic bacteria, and strengthens the immune system.

It prevents the occurrence of thrombosis, has a wonderful hematopoietic and diuretic effect, and has a beneficial effect on potency, hair and nail health.

Storing sweet peppers involves collecting fruits that are not fully ripe.

Unlike sweet peppers, it is better to remove bitter peppers for storage when they are completely prepared.

Hot, ripe red peppers, which we usually call “chili,” last longer than green ones and contain more vitamin C and carotene.

It is in ripe pods that there is a high concentration of unique substances, which are also a light preservative.

Only completely healthy peppers are stored well.

To “bring them to clean water,” after harvesting, place the pods in a shady, cool place in one layer and leave for a week. After this, conduct an inspection and discard any damaged specimens found.

The best way to preserve hot peppers for the winter is to dry the fruits.

The simplest, “grandmother’s” method of drying chili peppers is similar to drying clothes.

In a dry, ventilated, bright room, stretch a clothesline.

Each pepper is pierced in the area of ​​the stalk with a needle and thread and attached to a rope using the same thread.

The fruits should not touch each other.

Well-dried peppers are placed in canvas bags or glass jars, covered with parchment paper, and stored in a dry place.


Peppers that are not completely dried, but have already hardened and are beginning to “curl”, can be removed from the rope, strung as a “necklace” on a thick thread and hung, decorating the kitchen interior with them. They will dry out and create a pleasant atmosphere, while also disinfecting the room.

The most simple way: lay out parchment paper on the windowsill and place washed peppers on it in one layer. The peppers will dry out within 3 weeks as long as you turn them over periodically.

To speed up the process, you can cut each fruit in half.

Peppers are dried in gas and electric ovens. Before this procedure, the pods are thoroughly washed and dried with a paper towel.

The fruits can be dried whole, cut in half or smaller. Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper, lay out the pods in one layer and place in the oven (50-60 °C).

The door should be slightly open so that the pods do not bake, but rather dry.

After a couple of hours, turn off the oven, but do not close the door. A day later, set the same temperature regime and continue heat treatment for another 2 hours. Cool directly in the oven, turning it off, and before storing the hot peppers, place them in bags or glass jars.

It is very convenient to dry peppers in an electric dryer. The process usually takes about 12 hours, but this depends on whether the fruits are whole or fragmented. It’s also a good idea to look at the instructions for your unit. Fruits in an electric dryer are dried evenly, perfectly preserving their beneficial and tasteful qualities.

Another great way to store hot peppers at home is to place the harvest in the freezer.

This way it will retain its value as much as possible.

A nice addition is that it won’t even change the attractive color.

Rinse the whole pods in cold water and dry with a towel.

If you need to reduce its pungency, immerse it in boiling water for 2 minutes, but keep in mind that some vitamins “do not like” such heat treatment.

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Chili peppers can be frozen whole or chopped (slices, strips).

Place whole pods in portions convenient for storage and further use in bags, remove as much air as possible from them, “seal” (tie, fasten with a paper clip) and place in the freezer.

Place the chopped fruits on a tray in one layer and freeze (instant freezing). Then transfer to plastic bags and store in the freezer.

Frozen peppers can be stored in the freezer for 6-12 months.

Pepper in a jar

Canned hot peppers are a wonderful treat and a convenient way to store the harvest, especially if it is placed in beautiful mini-jars that do not take up much space.

Containers in which red and green pods coexist are a real decor for the kitchen.

Whole or chopped (with the testes removed) fruits are preserved in a marinade (base: vinegar or lemon juice), salted or simply doused with vegetable oil.

Pickled bitter peppers will acquire an excellent taste if you choose garlic, dill and celery as companions. For 1 liter of water, 50-60 g of salt is enough. At room temperature, the snack will be ready in 3 weeks. Before storing hot peppers in jars, it is advisable to move them to a cooler place.

The most delicious preparation is chili in vegetable oil, especially olive oil. But you will need a lot of oil. The pepper must be completely filled and placed in a dark place. No spices are added, salt is at your discretion.

The simplest way to store hot peppers fresh for the winter is to place them in a dry room where the temperature is kept within 0... 2 °C.

Place healthy, ripe pods in boxes or plastic bags.

This way they can be stored for about 40 days.

In a cellar, basement, or on an insulated balcony at 0...2 °C, peppers can last almost 2 times longer if you carefully dig them out of the ground and hang them by the roots from horizontal beams.

By the way, there are good indoor varieties of hot peppers - 1-2 bushes will not only provide you with excellent fresh fruits, but will also decorate the windowsill.

Secrets and tips

  • Chile, although of overseas origin, is distinguished by its livable nature, grows wonderfully and bears fruit both in the garden and at home all year round.
  • When handling hot peppers, wear latex gloves to avoid skin irritation.
  • Taking into account the taste preferences (your own and those around you), when cutting the pods, remove or leave the seed (the hottest) part, thus “regulating” the pungency of the fruit.
  • You need to sort out the peppers, choosing pods of the same color;
  • There should be no stains or damage on the vegetable;
  • If there are even small dots, especially orange in color, such pepper should be thrown away;
  • The sorted peppers are thoroughly washed under running water, then dried on a paper towel;
  • It is advisable to leave clean peppers for 1-2 days in a warm room for mild drying;
  • If the pepper is dried whole, then the preparation procedure is completed. If you are going to dry it in crushed form, cut the vegetable crosswise and remove the seeds and stem. Then cut the pepper into half rings or small cubes with scissors.

On air

Who benefits from dried bell peppers?

Paprika has a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract and is useful for people with digestive disorders. The product is indicated for flatulence, cramps, stomach colic, and accumulation of gases in the intestines. Sweet pepper improves digestion and accelerates the absorption of nutrients. Therefore, if you want to lose weight, be sure to add paprika to your dishes. Including vegetables in your diet can help you get rid of indigestion. Dried bell peppers should also be added to the menu for people with diabetes. For bleeding gums, anemia, and fragility of blood vessels, it is also recommended to eat bell pepper.

Memory deterioration, loss of strength, chronic fatigue, frequent stress - in any of these cases it is worth including this dried vegetable in your diet. Due to the high content of minerals and vitamins, the product is useful for people with low immunity. Pepper is simply necessary for vitamin deficiency and in the process. recovery after colds.

Sweet pepper, unlike hot pepper, does not provoke inflammation of the mucous membrane. Therefore, it can be consumed in much larger volumes and as part of a wide variety of dishes, without fear for the condition of the stomach, especially if the dehydrator for vegetables and fruits is selected correctly

True, if you have angina pectoris, pancreatitis, problems with the liver and kidneys, you should eat pepper with extreme caution. Allergies are also a serious contraindication to consuming the product, even if it is dried

How to use dried hot peppers

Dried and ground hot pepper is the optimal and classic way to prepare the fruit as a seasoning that people have used for centuries. It is used both for adding to ready-made dishes and during their preparation.

In addition to drying, hot peppers are prepared at home by freezing and canning.

  • Frozen pods can be used in cooking, but are not added to the finished dish.
  • Pickled or canned red peppers are consumed as a spicy snack.

Peppers, dried with whole pods at home, when preparing boiled and stewed dishes, are added during the cooking process, either whole or breaking off part of the pod. When the dish is ready, remove the peppercorns, otherwise the dish will have a very hot taste.

Ground pepper is poured into pepper shakers. It is added to the finished dish to taste immediately before eating.

Specifics of drying for the winter

Hot pepper is a product applicable in many areas of human life. It is used in cooking, cosmetology and medicine. This spice comes from Central America. In Mexico and Guatemala, where the largest number of species grow, mention of it dates back to the 15th century.

Contains vitamins, carotene and essential oils

Hot pepper is most often used in powder form. Today this spice is one of the most common. In almost every home there are pepper shakers with red powder on the table.

You can season almost any dish with red pepper. It will not lose its taste, but will only gain some piquancy. The main thing is not to overdo it. Liquid sauces based on red pepper have become especially popular today. In medicine, most natural warming ointments are prepared on its basis.

Pepper extract is widely used in anti-inflammatory ointments

In terms of the amount of useful substances, it is not inferior to other valuable plants. Vitamins A, B, C; magnesium, iron, potassium - this is just an incomplete list of them.

Only specimens with uniform color are suitable for drying. The absence of damage and any inclusions guarantees the best result when drying.

It is better not to dry or store spoiled pods. Secondly, the selected pods must be washed under running water and dried with a cotton towel. Thirdly, after a couple of days, when the pepper is slightly wilted, it needs to be cut into small pieces.

If you decide to dry the whole thing, then there is no need to do this; small pods dry completely. It is recommended to wear rubber gloves when cutting, since the vegetable, if it comes into contact with the skin or mucous membranes, can simply corrode them.

To prevent burning of the skin of your hands after processing the vegetable, use gloves during preparation.

The thickness of the cut pieces should be no more than 0.5 cm. In addition, the seeds are first removed.

It is important to always follow safety precautions when working with bitter products. After handling the pods, you must wash your hands thoroughly.

Basic Rules

We have previously talked about how to dry hot chili peppers at home. Now let's talk about how to dry bell peppers for the winter.

Peppers are dried using electric or gas appliances or by resorting to free ancient methods of preparing food for future use using the sun and fresh air.

But even if a few seeds remain, the taste of the finished product will not deteriorate, and the cooking time will not increase. After peeling a batch of vegetables, they are cut into quarters and then crumbled into strips 3-4 mm thick.

What to dry sweet bell peppers in? Dried crushed pepper:

  • in electric dryers,
  • in electric and gas ovens,
  • in the microwave,
  • on pallets placed in a shaded area.

At what temperature should you dry bell peppers? Raw materials can be dried in air at any positive temperature, in the absence of high humidity (at night, trays with pepper should be covered or brought into a dry room).

In the oven and electric dryer for peppers, select a fifty-degree mode, maintaining this temperature until the slices are brought to the desired condition

How long does it take to dry? When drying under natural conditions, when the air warms up to 30 degrees Celsius or more during the day, it will take 3-4 days. At lower temperatures – 5-7 days. At 50 degrees Celsius, chopped pepper will reach the desired condition in 12-24 hours. The cooking time depends on the volume being processed and the thickness of the slices.

How to determine readiness? Well-dried paprika strips break easily rather than bend. If the flesh of the pieces is in the same condition as dried dates, then the raw material still needs to be dried.

How to find out about readiness

In order for the peppers to dry evenly, it is important to arrange them correctly - they should not touch each other. This way, drying will take less time, and the flesh of the pods will not rot. If vegetables are dried in the oven, they need to be turned over every hour. If the finished peppers crumble or crumble in your hands, then they are overdried. Next time you need to reduce the drying time by 40-60 minutes.

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Properly dried peppers are dry inside. The core inside should be completely dry, and the shell should not fall apart. The finished product should not feel sticky to the touch. When the pepper is drying, you can lightly press it with your index finger; if it is dried correctly, it will not crumble and will not be wet. The pod should not change its shape when pressed, since it has already formed during drying.

Ready peppers look wrinkled, and their color becomes brighter than it was before drying. Peppers dried with whole pods do not lose their taste and pungency. If the fruits were dried in slices, the pungency will be reduced. When the peppers are dried on a tray, newspapers are placed under the fruits, into which a significant amount of capsaicin is absorbed.

Using dried pepper in cooking

Aromatic pepper, even in dried form, will be an excellent addition to almost every hot dish. It goes perfectly with other vegetables (especially cabbage and tomatoes), meat, poultry and fish. It is put into vegetable stews, gravies, stewed, baked, fried meat. The preparation can be added to or fried for borscht. To “revive” the dried product, it can be left in water for 15-25 minutes before cooking. Finely chopped red or yellow pepper along with herbs, sesame seeds, and flax are added to the bread dough. Such components make it even more tasty and aromatic.

Peppers, in combination with other dried vegetables, are used to make preparations for the winter, which can be added to various dishes, from side dishes to soups. To do this, just grind the components, mix them, and put them in glass or ceramic containers. You can also add dried herbs here. Proportions depend solely on personal preference.

Paprika can be used both as an independent seasoning and in combination with some spices. Mediterranean, Asian and European cuisines cannot do without it. To prepare the spice, it is necessary to dry it in an electric dryer followed by grinding. Ground pepper, along with other seasonings, is included in a variety of marinades for meat and poultry. Paprika harmonizes with hot pepper, bay leaf, garlic, and basil. But the seasoning goes much worse with onions and fresh cilantro.

Paprika perfectly complements pork, poultry, vegetables, cheese and seafood. Ground homemade pepper will give the hot dish not only a characteristic aroma, but also a pleasant red or orange tint. In order not to spoil the taste of the dish, do not heat paprika for too long. Peppers harvested in summer and autumn will help out the housewife at any time. With the help of such preparations, even in winter, you can prepare dishes that are distinguished by their rich vitamin composition and excellent taste.


Unspoiled fruits of bell peppers.

Sliced ​​bell peppers are laid out on drying racks in one layer. The electric dryer is loaded with trays of pepper and turned on at a set temperature of 50-60 degrees.

Rules for drying sweet bell peppers in the sun

The sun's rays have been used for drying since ancient times. The preparation of fruits is identical to the preparation of peppers for drying in an electric dryer. The prepared straws or mugs are laid out on a wire rack and covered with gauze. If it starts to rain outside or if increased humidity is noticed, the grates with pepper are brought into a dry, cool room. Depending on the intensity of solar radiation, drying can last 3-7 days.

Rules for drying sweet bell peppers in the oven

It is recommended to blanch the pre-chopped peppers (2-3 minutes is enough), then dry them in the sun, and then lay them out on trays and place them in an oven heated to 50-60 degrees. Periodically you will need to take out the trays and mix the pepper slices.

How to store dry bell peppers

A thick linen bag is perfect for storage - this method has proven itself a long time ago. Traditional storage containers use a glass jar, which must be clean and dry before adding dry pepper. Ziploc bags are suitable from modern materials. Store containers of dried fruit securely in the refrigerator in the vegetable compartment. Bon appetit!

Hot pepper is a favorite seasoning for many housewives. It has not only unique taste, but also useful microelements and vitamins. You can prepare a spicy vegetable for the winter in several ways, including drying. This is the easiest option to save it. But when choosing a drying method, you need to remember that the final sharpness of the pepper will depend on this. It depends on the selected variety, the capsaicin content, watering, and care during cultivation.

Tips to note

  1. Dried fruits do not tolerate moisture. When preparing large volumes, it is better to store the bulk of the seasoning in the attic or pantry, and in the kitchen have a small supply in a glass jar, plastic container, or in a fabric or paper bag.
  2. Do not store sushi in a cellar or other room with high humidity.
  3. In addition to the fruits, you can dry the seeds as a separate preparation, which produces a sharper and less sweet seasoning.
  4. When harvesting whole fruits, give them a flattened shape, this will reduce the drying time.
  5. Frozen seasoning can be stored for up to two years.
  6. By soaking the peppers in a water-alcohol solution before drying, you will get a less spicy sweet and sour seasoning.

Even a beginner can cope with drying peppers, because there is nothing complicated about it. To dry high-quality pods for the cold season, it is recommended to take into account a few simple recommendations:

  1. Before purchasing chili, it is advisable to ask the seller about the variety and where it came from. The pungency of the pods depends entirely on the climatic conditions in which it is grown. Fruits brought from hot countries with a warm and humid climate will be much hotter than those brought from the northern regions.
  2. Frozen peppers can be used in food preparation, but they are not added to prepared dishes.
  3. Hot peppers contain the volatile substance capsaicin. This component can spread quickly through the air. Cutting the pepper into slices before drying is recommended for people who do not have an allergic reaction to spicy foods and strong odors.
  4. Before you start drying, it is recommended to wear gloves to avoid burns. Also, until the work is done, you should not touch your face, especially the mucous membranes of your eyes.
  5. After drying, all utensils that were used should be thoroughly washed with plenty of cool water and dishwashing detergent.

How to dry bell peppers at home in the oven and electric dryer

Dried bell peppers can decorate even a very simple dish. And the fact that this vegetable is rich in vitamins makes us even more enthusiastic about stocking up on it. But those who have medical contraindications to eating pepper should be careful. And how to dry it, in pieces or whole? Read the answer to the question in this article.

Drying sweet peppers:

Benefit or harm

Bell peppers are a great opportunity to diversify your winter diet. In addition, paprika is rich in vitamins, folic acid, iodine, iron, sodium and other beneficial substances.

However, this product should not be eaten if a person has the following diseases:

  • Angina pectoris
  • Liver problems,
  • Gastritis,
  • Any ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract,
  • Haemorrhoids,
  • Hypotomy,
  • Problems with the urinary system.

Benefits of pepper:

Dried paprika can have the following beneficial effects on the body:

  • Reduces the possibility of developing diabetes,
  • Strengthens nails, hair,
  • Improves vision,
  • Increases appetite
  • Reduces the risk of vascular blockage,
  • Restrains hypertension.

Technology. Drying modes and methods

Bell peppers are dried in the following ways:

  • In the fresh air and sun,
  • In the oven,
  • Using electrical appliances.

Cooking time for dried paprika will depend on the temperature and method chosen. So, in the fresh air it will take 3-4 days if it’s +30 or higher outside, and 5-7 days if the readings on the thermometer are lower. But using household appliances, good results can be achieved in 12-24 hours.

Before drying the pepper, it must be carefully prepared, following all the rules.


The bell pepper harvest must be carefully sorted. Only healthy plants without visible damage are suitable for preparing dried paprika.

Now you should follow the following instructions:

  • Each vegetable must be washed separately and gently dried with a paper towel,
  • Then, with the edge of a knife, you need to cut off the tails and remove the core,
  • Gently tap to remove the seeds from the inside.
  • Now the fruits need to be cut in half and chopped into strips.

Drying bell peppers in the oven will proceed as follows:

  • Set the temperature to 50 degrees,
  • Arrange the sliced ​​peppers in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • The cabinet door is closed.
  • Cooking time will be 12-14 hours.

In an electric dryer

The procedure for drying bell peppers will be similar to the previous one. So, chopped paprika is laid out in one layer on a dryer mesh, the temperature is set to +50 degrees and left for 12 hours.


It is best to store dried peppers in a linen bag, but if you don’t have one, you can put the blanks in a glass jar with holes made in the lid.

A plastic bag with special holes in the walls will also be suitable for storing bell peppers.

Dried bell pepper: use in cooking

Dried sweet peppers will be an excellent addition to hot dishes, meats, and side dishes.

Finely chopped dried paprika is added when baking bread. This will diversify the taste of baked goods and make it even more interesting.

Dried peppers can also be used as a snack on their own. Unlike store-bought chips, this product will definitely not harm your health.

How to make paprika seasoning:

Bell peppers can be canned, frozen, or kept fresh. But this vegetable will last the longest when dried and will be an excellent addition to many dishes.

How to dry red hot peppers at home

Capsicums can be preserved by drying them on a wire rack. There are even special dryers for vegetables and fruits. If your dryer is not electric, then you can use grates and the heat of gas burners. In this case, it is important to fold the pods in one layer and turn on the burners to medium heat. It will take at least a couple of hours to achieve the desired result. In 2–3 hours, the heat will dry the pods enough so that they can be stored for a long time and not spoil. After removing from the grill, the pepper must be dried on paper. The seasoning is best stored at room temperature.

If you decide to use an electric dryer, then in this case everything can be done as easily as possible. True, the process will take a fairly long period of time - about a day. It is better to place the contents of the dryer in the daytime to warm up the contents, since in this case your participation will be needed - the vegetables will need to be stirred from time to time.

The easiest option for those who don’t have time to fuss is to dry vegetables at home on the window. To do this, you will need wide window sills and the absence of inquisitive children. So, put the washed peppers on parchment and leave them to dry for about 2 or 3 weeks. Turn and stir the pods from time to time.

For those who have used our options and drying methods, let us add that the resulting blanks do not like moisture. It is better to transfer such a product to fabric bags, paper bags or glass jars. In the latter case, there is no need to cover the container with a lid; just cover the neck with gauze. If you used a strong thread, then the strung vegetables can be safely stored in the kitchen. Both you and your guests will love such an elegant and necessary decoration for cooking.


Ready hot peppers become quite wrinkled and have a richer color compared to fresh ones. You can also determine the readiness of the pepper by its fragility; it will easily crumble in your hands.

Pepper pods should also be stored in a glass container, covered with several layers of gauze. There is no need to tightly seal containers with pods, since they need a stable air flow. Dried peppers can be stored for 12 months.

Some tips for housewives:

  • Dried peppers do not tolerate moisture, for this reason they must be stored in a fabric bag, a paper bag, a birch bark container, or in glass jars covered with gauze;
  • Pepper “beads” on a rope can be hung in a prominent place in the kitchen as a decoration and for future use;
  • The dried pods are ground into powder in a food processor and also using a mortar and pestle. Then pour it into a dry, airtight container.


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How to properly dry hot peppers
Red hot peppers are used in cooking to add spiciness to dishes. Housewives actively add it to pickles and canned preparations for the winter (including pickling peppers separately), salads and snacks, for example, to Georgian cabbage and adjika, as well as to sauces, including the popular tkemali sauce. Hot peppers are added to dishes both fresh and dried. There are several ways to dry chili.

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1. In the oven

With patience and plenty of time, you can dry the pepper well in a conventional gas or electric oven. The collected pods need to be washed and dried. Some cut the pods lengthwise into halves or quarters, removing the stems, while others dry them whole. The prepared peppers should be laid out in one layer on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Place in an oven preheated to 50°C, leaving the door slightly open. With such ventilation, the pepper will not bake, but will dry out.

This is a simple, “old-fashioned” way of drying peppers. You can dry mushrooms and apples in the same way. The main thing is to choose a warm, well-ventilated place where the air is not at all humid. Wash the peppers, dry them, and then use a needle to string them by the stalk onto a thick and strong thread. Then fasten both ends of the thread in the chosen place (this could be a balcony, loggia, etc.) and at the desired height. The pods need to be distributed on the string so that they do not touch each other. This way they will dry evenly on all sides.

You can buy a special dryer in the store (for vegetables and mushrooms) in the form of a fine grid on high legs, with which it is attached to the stove. Place the pods on the grill (in one layer) - they will dry under the influence of the heat emanating from the burners. The burners need to be turned on to medium power, dry the pepper for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. After this, the pepper is dried, spread out on paper, at room temperature.

4. In an electric dryer

Drying vegetables in the dryer is very convenient. It will take about 12 hours. The peppers need to be stirred periodically.

This simple drying method is suitable for those who have wide window sills. They need to be covered with clean paper (parchment), washed and dried hot peppers should be laid out (can be cut into slices), covered with thin paper on top (to protect from dust) and the pods should be left to dry for 2-3 weeks, stirring/turning them from time to time.


• Dried peppers do not tolerate moisture, so they need to be stored in a fabric bag, paper bag, birch bark container, or in glass jars covered with gauze. A “necklace” of peppers on a string can be left in a visible place in the kitchen as a decoration for later use.

• You can grind dried pepper into powder in a food processor or coffee grinder, or using a mortar and pestle. Then pour it into a dry, airtight container. Can be frozen. The pod can be cut and grated. DELICIOUS. SOURCE



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• You can grind dried pepper into powder in a food processor or coffee grinder, or using a mortar and pestle. Then pour it into a dry, airtight container. Can be frozen. The pod can be cut and grated. DELICIOUS. SOURCE

Methods for drying hot peppers

Dried red pepper can be ground in a coffee grinder. Then for the winter it can be compactly laid out in pre-prepared jars

It is important that the container is tightly closed, otherwise the powder may become damp.

The jars should not be tightly closed so that whole peppercorns do not become moldy.

The prepared spice is suitable as a spicy and healthy seasoning for many dishes. It is often used in recipes for preparing various salads, stews, canned food and other numerous pickles.

We also recommend reading articles about drying delicious bell peppers and crispy carrots at home.

It is convenient to dry hot pepper pods at home in various ways: you can dry them in air, in the oven or in an electric dryer.

To dry the pods entirely, they must be strung on a thread, after making holes just below the stalk. The elements that make up the “sharp beads” should not touch each other. After this, the garland is placed in a dry, well-ventilated area and dried until ready.

Drying the crushed pepper is carried out on a fine strainer or on white paper (it is not advisable to use newspaper). After cutting, you need to scatter it on the prepared material and leave for 2 weeks until the pieces of hot pepper are completely dry.

If drying is carried out on paper, every 2 days it is necessary to replace old sheets of paper with new ones, since it tends to absorb the juice that is released from vegetables. By making a replacement, you can get high-quality peppers.

During drying, it is necessary to stir the hot pepper pods so that they do not stick to the grate. Crushed pieces of hot pepper dry much faster. In 6 hours you can get good dried vegetables.

This method is recommended only if the dried pepper will subsequently be ground into powder.

Before you put the pepper in the oven, you need to chop it. Next, spread evenly on a baking sheet, place in the oven, where, at a temperature of 55°C, dry the pieces for 3-4 hours. Sometimes the drying time may take longer.


While drying vegetables in the oven, leave the door open. This will allow the peppers to dry out rather than bake.

You only need to remove the finished product from the oven, otherwise the pepper will not be stored.


How to dry hot peppers?

Air drying

How to air dry hot peppers at home? This drying method is the most popular

. Using the natural method, you can dry both whole and chopped capsicums. In the first case, the pods are strung on a thick thread using a needle.

To do this, you need to make a hole just below the stalk.

newsprint or fine sieves to air dry crushed peppers.

. Having scattered the cuttings on the surface of the paper, it is left for 8-10 days until completely dry, periodically shaking and stirring for uniform exposure.

It is advisable to change the layer of newspaper once every 2 days, as the paper absorbs moisture. In this way, you can achieve faster and better quality


Interesting: in winter

You can dry hot peppers by hanging the pods over the radiator, or by placing a newspaper with slices on the windowsill (also above the radiator).

How to dry red hot peppers? You can learn how to prepare peppers for air drying by watching the video:

Oven drying

How to dry hot peppers for the winter in the oven? Unlike air drying, hot peppers are often prepared using an oven if the product is then ground into powder.


For this drying method, finely chopped vegetables are laid out on a baking sheet and placed in an oven preheated to 55C°...60C° for 3-5 hours.


As with the natural process, the cuttings need to be stirred


slightly open during drying.

, otherwise the pepper will not be dried, but baked.

Drying in an electric dryer

How to dry red hot peppers at home in a dryer? Many housewives prefer to dry vegetables and fruits in electric dryers. A similar device can be used

and for red pepper.
The prepared pods are laid out on the racks in one layer, the equipment is turned on at full power and dried for 10-12 hours
until completely dry.

To ensure that the fruits do not stick to the grates, the process must be controlled

, sometimes turning the pods over.

You can also prepare chopped chili in an electric dryer. Drying time is reduced to 4-6 hours


How to dry hot peppers for the winter in an electric dryer - photo:

Drying hot chili

Hot peppers can be dried at home either whole or chopped. Before grinding, it is cut lengthwise, the stalk is removed and the seeds are cleaned. Subsequently, cut into half rings about 0.5 cm wide.

Oven drying method

In order to properly dry any vegetable until fully cooked, you need dry air and moderate heat. An oven (electric or gas) is ideal for this. Necessary:

1. Prepare the vegetable.

2. With this method, the pods can be taken whole or chopped.

3. Heat the oven to 50 degrees.

4. Place the peppers strictly in one layer on a baking sheet pre-lined with baking paper.

5. Place the baking sheet in the oven, but do not close the door, otherwise the vegetable will simply bake.

6. Monitor readiness: time depends on the amount of pepper and its integrity (cut or not).

7. Stir occasionally.

Typically this drying takes from 3 to 5 hours.

Way to air dry

There are two ways to dry the future seasoning in the air: on a newspaper and by hanging it on a rope.

In order to dry on paper, lay it out on a wide windowsill and scatter the pepper in one layer, turning it over periodically. 9-10 days will be enough. The method is not the most convenient, it is only suitable for a small amount of vegetables and requires wide window sills.

Line drying allows you to create as many bundles as you like. Mushrooms, apples, and many other vegetables and fruits have been dried in this way for many centuries.

To dry peppers on a rope you need:

  1. 1. Prepare the peppers.
  2. 2. Take a needle with a wide eye and thread a strong, long thread.
  3. 3. String peppers on a string like beads.
  4. 4. Remove the needle and secure the rope where needed and at a convenient height.

The basic rule: the peppers should not touch each other. This way they will dry evenly and not rot.

On the vegetable grill

A very convenient way. It is necessary to purchase a dryer for mushrooms, peppers and vegetables. This is a lattice with a fine mesh on fairly high legs. It is attached to the stove. And then:

  • the burner turns on, the power is determined to be average;
  • Place vegetables (almost any that can be dried) on the grill in one layer;
  • dry for about 3 hours.

Selection and preparation of peppers

Any varieties of hot hot peppers are suitable for drying. You can take fully ripe fruits or slightly unripe ones - after they go through the drying stage, the difference will be indistinguishable. Even if small fruits (green) were bought or picked from the garden, they will turn red over time. The taste of pepper is hot throughout the entire growth period of this plant.

Depending on the variety, the pods can be bright red, brown, dark yellow and even black. The most successful varieties of hot chili for drying:

  • Carolina Reaper – declared the hottest pepper, suitable for those who prefer spicy food;
  • Trinidad Moruga Scorpion - takes second place in terms of heat, one pepper contains about 25 ml of capsaicin;
  • Pot Douglah (aka Chocolate 7 Pot) – the most juicy, hot and aromatic Chilean variety with chocolate coloring;
  • Gibralta (Spanish Naga) – hot red pepper;
  • 7 Pot Chili – one pepper is enough to make 7 pots of food super spicy;
  • Trinidad Scorpion CARDI - a yellow pepper variety so hot that workers wear gas masks and protective clothing to grow it;
  • Devil's Tongue - The fruits of this bright yellow pepper are not only very spicy, they have a slightly fruity and nutty flavor;
  • The classic habanero is a favorite pepper among Mexicans and is added to all spicy dishes.

When preparing peppers for drying, it is worth carefully inspecting each fruit for flaws or damage. If the peppers are whole and healthy, then they need to be washed and dried on a towel. It is customary to dry the fruits whole, but for those who want to reduce the heat, it is recommended to cut the bitter hot capsicum into slices or rings. Removing the seeds from the vegetable will also help make it less spicy.

In order to dry hot peppers for the winter in an electric dryer, you should proceed step by step. The main rule in drying in this way is to constantly monitor the process. Drying steps:

  1. The prepared pods are placed on special trays in an electric dryer and left to dry for 6-8 hours. The temperature should be 70 degrees.
  2. When drying chili slices or rings, the temperature should not exceed 50 degrees. Drying time for the chopped pods will take about 4 hours.
  3. In order not to overdry the fruits, the timer in the electric dryer can be set for a shorter time. Then the quality of the fruit is checked and, if necessary, dried.

If the electric dryer tray is made of metal, then it is recommended to monitor the pepper as often as possible so that it does not stick. It is recommended to stir it every hour. On average, drying takes about 8 hours, in some cases 12 hours.

In the oven

Drying hot pepper fruits in the oven will also take less time compared to drying them in the sun. Step-by-step oven drying:

  1. The pods are distributed on a baking sheet and dried with the door open.
  2. Whole fruits are turned over every 50 minutes, and the slices are simply mixed.
  3. The pods should be dried at a temperature of 60 to 80 degrees for up to 6 hours. Sliced ​​peppers are dried for up to 3 hours.
  4. If necessary, increase the drying time by 30-50 minutes.

An additional option for drying peppers is on the burner. You will need a universal metal dryer for fruits, mushrooms and herbs. Trays with a mesh surface are attached to the structure on high legs. Turn on the burner to medium heat and place a grate over it. Peppers are laid out on the grill. Drying time takes 3-4 hours.

The easiest way to dry capsicums at home is to hang them on a thread. Drying option:

  1. In order to make a garland out of pepper, you need to pierce each fruit as close to the stalk as possible and string it on a thread.
  2. If the weather is sunny, then the peppers are hung on the balcony or veranda. On rainy, cloudy days, it is advisable to hang the garland in the kitchen.
  3. Sliced ​​peppers are dried on trays or on a special rack for drying vegetables, mushrooms, and fruits. The surface where the fruits will dry is first covered with newsprint.
  4. The slices are placed in a thin layer and covered with gauze. You can place the tray on the windowsill or on the balcony. The pieces are turned over every day.
  5. Whole peppers dry in about 14 days, and chopped ones in 8-10 days.

On air

Air drying is the most popular drying method. In this way, peppers are dried both whole and in crushed form. For the first option, string the peppers onto a thick thread using a needle. To do this, make a puncture slightly below the stalk. After the “necklace” hang in a dry, well-ventilated area and dry until completely dry.

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The crushed pepper is dried on newsprint or in a fine sieve. After distributing the chopped pods on the newspaper, leave them for 8-10 days until fully cooked, remembering to shake and stir from time to time for uniform drying.

In the oven

An ordinary oven is also perfect for drying peppers.

Place the prepared pods in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in an oven preheated to 50 °C. Do not close the oven door tightly.

It is under these conditions that the peppers will dry out and not bake.

In an electric dryer

Most housewives use an electric dryer to dry fruits and vegetables. You can also use it to dry hot peppers. Place the prepared peppers on the racks in one layer, turn on the dryer at full power. Dry for about 10-12 hours until ready.

HELP: To avoid the pods sticking to the grates, they need to be turned over periodically.

Humanity has long appreciated the beneficial properties of hot peppers and learned how to prepare them. Traditionally, pepper, like other seasonings, is dried. Dehydrated fruits retain their benefits, taste and do not spoil for a long time. There are several drying methods; all you have to do is choose the right one and enjoy your favorite spicy dishes all year round.

The selection criterion is the absence of signs of spoilage on the fruits, such as black spots, rotten parts, scab and the like.

Before drying, the peppers are washed in running water, removing adhering soil and dust. If you plan to get a less spicy seasoning, remove the seeds before drying by cutting the fruit in half and removing the core. The seeds of hot pepper varieties contain more capsaicin than the pulp, so the plant protects future offspring from being eaten by animals.

Attention! Wear latex or rubber gloves before washing peppers and removing seeds; contact with capsaicin in hot peppers for more than 20 minutes will cause a chemical burn to the skin.

  • in the air: a simple process, does not require equipment, can be dried both in the sun and indoors;
  • in the oven: it will take several hours, but you will have to control the progress of the process so that the peppers do not burn and dry evenly;
  • in an electric dryer: a short automated method - if you have this useful unit in your household, feel free to use it.

Air drying

Proven for centuries, this method is economical and simple; it can be called drying “for the lazy.” The natural process lasts from one to two weeks depending on air humidity. If you have a vacant attic or other space with an abundance of unoccupied surfaces, you can use horizontal drying. When there is not enough space, the peppers are hung and dried in the form of “garlands”.

When drying, pay attention to air humidity. If the humidity is high, the peppers may become moldy or rotten. Dry, sunny weather is the best condition for quickly obtaining hot seasoning.

Note. Check the weather forecast for the coming week. During rains, it is better to dry in closed, ventilated areas. However, when dried in the sun, the peppers acquire greater sweetness, and the seasoning becomes richer in taste.

The process may look safe, but it is far from it. Working with any hot pepper will require you to follow certain rules. Especially if we are talking not about one pod, but about a large mass rich in capsaicin.

It is important to take a responsible approach to the selection of peppers for drying. Even minor damage will become a real reservoir for harmful microorganisms, which, it is possible, will spread to healthy peppers nearby.

Without sparing, you should reject peppers with:

  • damage to the skin, even the smallest;
  • visible subcutaneous marks from impacts;
  • putrefactive inclusions.

A universal recommendation, regardless of the type of drying, is to perform a quarantine procedure and light drying. To do this, rinse the prepared peppers, dry them with paper or cotton towels and leave them at room temperature for 1.5-2 days. The fruits will acquire the desired basic shape and at the same time all unnoticed damage and rotting points will clearly appear.

The final preparatory stage includes the selection of the final product. You can dry the pods whole or pre-cut them into pieces. When grinding, it is necessary to remove the stalk, internal veins and seeds. This pepper comes out mildly spicy. It is optimal to cut into rings about 5 mm wide.

The baking sheet is covered with baking paper and the chili peppers are laid out on it strictly in one layer. The packing density should be average and at the same time uniform over the area. Set the temperature to 50 degrees; many stoves have a special drying mode - in this case, you need to choose this one.

The key point of all drying is that the temperature must be maintained, while the oven door must be left open. Otherwise, the pepper will start to bake rather than dry. Air circulation is necessary. Cooking time depends on the volume of pepper and ventilation. In total it will take 3-5 hours.

Among the advantages of this method, it is worth highlighting the speed; you can get evenly dried chili peppers on the same day. The method is universal; almost everyone has an oven. However, there is also a minus: during these 3-5 hours the room will actually be intensively heated by the stove.

  • line drying;
  • drying on paper.

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