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_Bear_:
Ok, tell me if you think this will work or not. I planted 4 Jalapeno plants this year and they are coming on strong. I plan on taking several of them, cold smoking them for a few hours, then right into the dehydrator until very dry, then grinding them up to use them as a pepper. Has anyone ever done this before? Any thought on what it will be like for adding to rubs ect?

Orion:
I’ve been growing, drying and smoking peppers for 3 decades. I favour the Habaneros for a project such as yours. The drying process tends to lessen the heat as some of the oils evaporate so I start with a really hot variety... habaneros and Ghost peppers.

You can try the jalapeños however you may find them too mild when you’re all done. They also have thick fleshy walls and are not the preferred drying pepper.

My method is to wash and stem the peppers and then slice them in half. Then I dry them about 80%. You can do it in an oven at about 140, in your smoker at 140 or on racks in the sun. In the sun gets the best results as far as colour retention and flavour.

Once they are nearly dry I put them in the smoker and smoke for about 3 hours. The orange habs turn a deep orange brown and are now almost ready to grind. Once out of the smoker I leave them in a well ventilated place out of the sun and wind and let them sit for a few days. Now they will be completely dry and ready to grind in a blender. Be careful. The dust is potent. Once ground to a consistency like ground pepper I store in mason jars with tight lids.

The habaneros have an amazing citrusy/smoke flavour and can be used in endless dishes and recipes. Hope your plants do well and you have a good harvest. Remember that once dried the volume is hugely reduced so you might want to experiment with s few of different varieties and then do a whole bunch of the ones you like. Short story...dry first, smoke, grind.

Gafala:
I use Ghost Peppers and the drying process does lessen the heat. But not much.

_Bear_:

--- Quote from: Orion on June 11, 2019, 05:41:28 pm ---I’ve been growing, drying and smoking peppers for 3 decades. I favour the Habaneros for a project such as yours. The drying process tends to lessen the heat as some of the oils evaporate so I start with a really hot variety... habaneros and Ghost peppers.

You can try the jalapeños however you may find them too mild when you’re all done. They also have thick fleshy walls and are not the preferred drying pepper.

My method is to wash and stem the peppers and then slice them in half. Then I dry them about 80%. You can do it in an oven at about 140, in your smoker at 140 or on racks in the sun. In the sun gets the best results as far as colour retention and flavour.

Once they are nearly dry I put them in the smoker and smoke for about 3 hours. The orange habs turn a deep orange brown and are now almost ready to grind. Once out of the smoker I leave them in a well ventilated place out of the sun and wind and let them sit for a few days. Now they will be completely dry and ready to grind in a blender. Be careful. The dust is potent. Once ground to a consistency like ground pepper I store in mason jars with tight lids.

The habaneros have an amazing citrusy/smoke flavour and can be used in endless dishes and recipes. Hope your plants do well and you have a good harvest. Remember that once dried the volume is hugely reduced so you might want to experiment with s few of different varieties and then do a whole bunch of the ones you like. Short story...dry first, smoke, grind.

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NICE!! Thanks for the knowledge. I will be using my temp controlled dehydrator for drying. The Jalapenos I grew last year were hot as hell. I got probably 250+ off of 2 plants last year  and expect the same this year. I am glad to hear someone else is doing it, I will give it a shot this year and maybe next year I will try habaneros.


_Bear_:

--- Quote from: Gafala on June 11, 2019, 06:13:26 pm ---I use Ghost Peppers and the drying process does lessen the heat. But not much.

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I am going to need a bigger garden lol. Thanks

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