First off........all thanks go to Pensrock and Bryan from yardandpool.com. I would not have done this without them.
Decided I wanted to make my own jalapeno and habanero powder. Picked up some habaneros, jalapenos, pobalanos and hungarian wax peppers.
Sliced the habs and japs in half....left the seeds in for more heat. Left the pablanos and hungs as is. Just wanted to smoke them, put a little heat on them and then dice them up for use in chilis, etc at a later time.
After 3 hours of smoke (I used pecan), off into the oven at 170F. I don't have a dehydrator, so I used the oven. I wish I had a dehydrator (more on this later). Anyways, this was how they looked 3 hours after being in the oven:
Pulled the pablanos and hungs after the 4 hour mark. This was how they looked:
After I pulled the pabs and hungs, I threw them in the freezer to firm up and keep the juice from being pulled out when vac sealed. I then diced them and vac sealed them and put them in the freezer. I vac sealed in pakages the size that I would use when adding to chili, etc.
As the peppers each came to the point where they needed to be pulled, I took them out of the oven and into any container (no top) and left them there for two days. It took considerably less time for the habs to get done versus the japs (I pulled the last habanero off at about the 6 hour mark and it took nearly 11 hours for the last jap to get done). This is how they looked after being done:
After all was said and done, here's the powder:
DO NOT DO THIS IN THE OVEN IN THE HOUSE (unless you have a very strong relationship with the better half and kids). Fortunately, my wife and kids were out of the house most of the time. After a bit, it reminded me of the Disco Hut (the place we went in Basic Training to get a feel for tear gas).
I would do a lot more peppers next time. It was a lot of work for what amounted to about 1.5-2 oz of powder. That being said, the stuff is pretty potent and a little will go a long way. It was a great learning experience. Next time, I think I will grind together with some sea salt and make japsalt and hab salt. Did I say a lot more peppers next time? I would probably quadruple the amount next time. However, I've really gotta get a dehydrator.
Always wear gloves or wash your hands THOROUGHLY after working with the peppers........especially right before you use the restroom. (Biggest and most painful lesson learned)
The last lesson I learned was that it was fun. Anything I do at home versus buying (with regard to food and food products) is always better.
Again, this is very easy to do but I wouldn't have been able to do it without Pensrock and Bryan (begolf25).