So , how dry is enough ?

Discussion in 'Peppers' started by 1894, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Put a few of my super chilis whole on the smoker for several hours a day for about three days now. After the second day I had one that I could hear the seeds rattling around in. I took a sharp knife and put a slit in each of the rest and put them on again for another 4-5 hours. They all rattle now , but I just want to make sure they are dry enough to chop up for the coffee grinder.
     
  2. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i dehydrate them till they snap in two....but if i am going to make powder, i de seed em first before dehydrating. the seeds can cause a bitter powder..........
     
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said.
     
  4. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG] OOpps [​IMG]
    Glad I didn't dry all of them. So I'll just toss these and halve and deseed the rest I guess ?
    Crap , never mind, dang things are too hot for anything anyway [​IMG]
    Oh well , at least they looked nice in the garden [​IMG]
     
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    dude you are fine...........the ones i get from the store, still has seeds in em.........i just toast em in the oven for @10 minutes.............then snap em in half, pour the seeds out, then grind...........do it all the time. But since this year we grew our own, and i get em fresh, i just split em and get rid of seeds first. but you will be fine, don't throw anything away
     
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    if you got T OO hot ones, get some milder ones, dry em.........grind em, and mix with the hot ground ones. that will make em milder........trust me on that one dude...........
     
  7. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Ok , I really should have started researching this earlier in the year [​IMG]
    So , it I just dump the seeds before I grind them up I won't get a lot of bitter taste , and if I split and deseed the next batch I should have even less bitter taste ? Right ?
    I got about 2 dozen or so left to try and do something with , so if I lose a few it won't be a big deal.
     
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    yeppers, you got it..........
     
  9. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    ok this is my first test batch. I gave 'em a few more hours on the smoker today just to make sure they were dry enough. Guess I over dried them a bit because they just shattered instead of breaking in half.
    Top of the plate is a lone habanero and a jalop that I just didn't like the looks of so it didn't get added to the mix.



    No pics of breaking them up but I sifted them through a screen to seperate the seeds , then into the mr coffee to grind it all up. Then into a zip lock for storage.




    Haven't tried it yet [​IMG] but it smell hot and a little smokey [​IMG]
     
  10. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    if you have a dehydrator.........try smoking em first abit, then dehydate them..............but you are looking swell so far..........kewl beans......[​IMG]
     
  11. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    also.........its a good idea, just to grind up what you will need..........i dry em, and then ziplock em.............when i need powder, then i grind up fresh........i also freeze em whole..........japs, serrano's, anahiems, nanners, hot wax/hungarian, italian roasters, and garden salsa peppers.......opps, forgot the kung pao's and cayenne's i freeze. Waiting on the tobassco's to redden up now. then i can either use fresh, or dry and grind later this winter after thawing.
     
  12. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    These little guys are pretty thin skinned , you say I can just freeze some whole ? Guess just remove the stem and zip or vac seal and freeze ?
    Also split some, deseed ,smoke ,dry ,freeze and grind or crush up when needed ?
    Sorry for so many ??? I'm just really new to this and if the dried ones are anywhere near as hot as eating a whole one , these will last me a long time.
     
  13. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i freeze some whole............i dehydrate to the nice dark red color, i try to only pick once they turn red.........the green ones i freeze to use fresh after i thaw em. the dehydrated ones, i just put up in ziplocks, and use as needed........you can even RE-hydrate em. The ones i freeze i use ziplocks freezer bags........they are tripled layered. I just make sure i take all the air out. But i freeze ALL kinds of peppers.........thin skinned and thick skinnded.
     

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