Many of you will be thinking about how to dry all those chilies, what method to use or what is the fastest according to the possibilities you have.
Chilli is an ingredient that can never be missing in our kitchen. Its aroma highlights many typical dishes, you can use it on different types of recipes, even in sweets.
Many of us love to cultivate this plant that stands out above all for the many varieties, from the most to the least spicy, for shapes and color. A very simple plant, the chili pepper is propagated by seed, easy to grow in pots or in the garden and does not require special attention, only water in summer that will serve to develop the plant and its fruits.
Why Dry Chili Peppers?
Once ripe, the chilies can be used fresh, detaching them from the plant whenever we need them. During the most period the plant produces many fruits, once ripe it will be difficult to consume them all in a shorter or shorter time and the whole harvest would go bad.
So drying the chilies is a great way to keep them for a long time. Once dry, you can put it in oil to create a flavored oil or chop it into powder.
The Methods To Dry The Chilies Are
- In the sun.
- With a dryer.
Let’s see how to do it by analyzing the three methods so as to choose the one that best suits you.
First of all, for each of these methods you will have to cut the chilies in half in order to reduce time, eliminating the petiole.
Always handle the fruits with gloves.
Once cut, those who want to grow the species again the next year, will have to recover some seed to be preserved during the winter period. To learn more about how to store seeds read:Collect and store seeds.
In the Sun
Drying chili peppers in the sun is the cheapest but also the slowest method. Just expose them to direct sunlight for the whole day, for more than 5/8 days to dry them completely.
The drying time may vary depending on the species, the area (north, center or south of Italy) and the power of the sun during these days.
This is the simplest and most natural method, the attentions to be done are:
Cover the fruits with a net to protect them from insects and other animals, withdraw the chilies and protect them from thunderstorms, rain and humidity at night.
If you have problems with space, or the weather does not allow you to dry the chilies outside, you can use the oven at home, here’s how to do it.
Just take a baking sheet and put a sheet of baking paper, arrange the chillies without overlapping them, meanwhile preheating the appliance.
Carry out all the operations, bake the pan at 70° or a little more, 40-45° if we have a ventilated oven. Leave the door slightly open so as to facilitate the release of moisture.
The drying time can vary from 6 to 9 hours.
With the Dryer
The dryer is an electrical appliance with grille compartments and a temperature regulator.
It is really functional to dry chilies and not only, you can find many on the market, from the cheapest to the cheapest, vary in size and shape.
Just place them in the various compartments, adjust the temperature to 40-50 ° and wait for the process to be completed. If you do not have special needs, with 40/50 euros you can buy a dryer that performs this function optimally.