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 Post subject: Air-drying peppers?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:23 am 
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Dave, this is a Q for you.

I have too many peppers, and would like to dry some of them. I don't have a dehydrator, but humidity is running really low lately, 15-20% some days.

Can I "sun dry" peppers? Any tips?

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 Post subject: Re: Air-drying peppers?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:29 pm 
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Depends on the peppers. Thin fleshed peppers, like Thai, numex, and long hot cayenne types, dry easily. Thick fleshed peppers, like jalapeƱos, could rot, before drying, at least at higher humidity. I can't even imagine 15-20% humidity!
You could spread them out on a screen, and maybe help the drying with a fan?

I've had incredible numbers of peppers this year, due to the heat, and I dried most of them, so far. Twice I've had all 9 trays in my dehydrator filled at once!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:44 pm 
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Josh, do you have a smart toaster oven? My Breville can dehydrate.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:26 pm 
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Alina,

I don't. I'm also not likely to get a dehydrator because I just don't produce enough or anything that dries to justify it (mostly we have lots of cucumbers and strawberries, each of which requires a different preservation technique)

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