How To Dry Chili Peppers At Home For Storing

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Drying chili peppers is something that almost all people will want to do once the harvest season comes up. The chili plant is a very common one these days to either grow indoors or in a greenhouse.

Since it’s so easy for people these days to get a hand of a chili plant then it really has boomed. We are really happy about this since the world of chilis is so vast, with so many different varieties and options out there.

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

What Are Chili Peppers

Chili peppers are a pretty wide term for a number of different varieties. They are generally larger than regular chilis with a bright red color. They grow semi-long with some width to it.

The chili peppers have become very popular to grow at home either indoors or outside in a greenhouse. The plant requires some higher temperatures which is why they are grown this way. On top of that, the plant really enjoys getting a lot of sunlight.

From starting to ripen slightly to becoming fully ripened the timeline is rather short, which is why it’s so important to know beforehand what you are going to do with them, be that drying or using them in cooking.

Chili Pepper Varieties

There are so many different varieties of chilis out there with their own unique character and flavor to them. Below are some of the favorites we have grown at home throughout the years.

  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Serrano Pepper
  • Padron Pepper
  • Poblano Pepper
  • Banana Pepper

The flavor of these are really interesting with different levels of spiciness. They are all really great for drying as well. They dry quickly and the flavor and aroma of them are still great even after 6 months of storage.

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

How To Dry Chili Peppers

There are a number of ways you could go about drying chili peppers. Below are some of the methods we have tried throughout the years of growing them at home. We find that they all bring out different qualities from the chilis. But the main purpose is of course to preserve both the color and the flavor of the chilis.

How To Oven Dry Chili Peppers

Oven drying chilis might be the most common method to preserve them for the long term. This is simply done by either keeping them whole and just taking off some of the green part at the top. 

Dry them at the lowest possible temperature so that no flavor is wasted. This can take quite some time if you leave them whole. If you cut them in half instead and remove the seeds then we shorten the time significantly.

How To Air Dry Chilis

This is another great method to use for drying chilis. We do it by taking a needle and poking the chilis and tying a string through them. Then hanging this like we are drying clothes. 

It will take a few weeks for them to fully dry but the aroma and flavor of these chilis are really remarkable. They keep all the spiciness and seem to be even more concentrated. Keep them in a dry container away from the stove and fridge.

Microwaving Chili Peppers

This might be the least used method on this list. We need to basically microwave the sliced pieces of chilis until they lose all their mousite and water content. At that point they will be ready to be stored in a dry container.

Be careful about microwaving the chilis as that might instead cause them to burn and the flavor will be bitter instead.

How To Dehydrate Chili Peppers

If you are lucky enough to have a dehydrator at home then this is a great option and method to use. We lay the chili either whole or cut in half on the trays that fit in the dehydrator.

Dry them at the lowest setting to preserve the flavor better. This can take anywhere between 8  – 12 hours depending on the size of the chilis.

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

How To Dry Guajillo Peppers

These are perhaps not the most common chilis a few years ago but are quickly gaining a lot of traction and attention. They aren’t that large really and will dry much the same way as other chili varieties.

We recommend here that you tie some string between the chilis and then leave them to hang in the air. It will take about 1 – 2 weeks in total until they are completely dry, but the wait is worth it. The flavor that we are able to preserve is so much better compared to drying them in the oven.

How To Sun Dry Peppers

Sun drying peppers are becoming more and more common as people see some form of positives from the global warming we are experiencing. It’s also pretty well timed since the chilis will usually be fully ripened when the temperatures are at their highest.

We recommend that you find a flat tray and lay paper in the bottom. Cut the peppers in half and lay them on the tyra without touching each other. It will take several weeks until they are fully dried, but the flavor will be very interesting.

How To Dry Hot Peppers

Drying hot peppers is a very simple project to undertake. We recommend you to do it in the oven. Since the peppers are normally a little bit larger than we need the speed of drying to go rather quick so we aren’t seeing any unwanted bacterial growth on them.

Dry them at the lowest possible setting until completely dry to the touch. Keep them in an air-tight container in the cabinet. They will stay viable for about 6 months or so at least.

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers


How Long Does It Take To Dry Out Chili Peppers

It will entirely depend on the size of the chilis and the method you are using. Air drying them can take up to 2 weeks in total. While drying them in the oven instead can take about 8 hours or so for small varieties.

How Do You Dry Peppers Quickly

The quickest way to dry chilis would be in the oven or in a dehydrator. But you shouldn’t stress the time since that has a direct correlation with the flavor you are left with. Too high and the chilis won’t taste that much.

How Do You Dry Chilis At Home

Drying chives at home can be done with several different methods. We like to air dry them by tying string through them. It will take between 1 and 2 weeks in total or so.

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