We lovvveeee spicy, from actively seeking out farmers markets and grocery stores to raid their hot sauce collections, cooking up our own sriracha recipes, visiting every Indian restaurant possible and growing an assortment of hot peppers in both Canada and Venezuela this DIY Guide is one dear to our hearts….and appetites.
We originally received organic Ring of Fire(Cayenne Peppers) seeds from a family member many years ago and began planting them in our windowsill in Venezuela before obtaining a small piece of farm land there. These seeds have always gave us a great yield and even withstood winter inside our new home in Canada. We originally began drying & persevering the peppers in Venezuela as our crop continued to grow. The steps for drying and making your own chili flakes are simple and similar to our post on Air Drying Herbs.
Dried mint, oregano and cayenne peppers
The reason we choose to air dry as oppose to using a dehumidifier or using an oven is personal and it goes back to the roots of drying foods. This way has long been used and effective without using any outside energy and just solely relying on mother nature. Air drying allows you to observe the transformation and drying process, to be patient and to let things happen naturally. Now here are our simple steps to drying and making your own Chili Flakes.
Homegrown chilies are best, but you can also use chilies from a farmers market or store if you prefer or it is more convenient. Choose chilies that are fully ripened some people choose to mix their peppers using both hot and mild, we always just use the Cayenne peppers.
What you will need: Water, towel, string, scissors, glass gar, gloves, marker & label(optional but recommenced) hot peppers
1. Wash your peppers lightly removing any dirt **remember to use gloves when handling your peppers
2. Gently Pat dry with a towel
3. String your pepper, for this you can use a needle and thread and gently tie a knot between each pepper or use some twine and tie a knot around each stem connecting them as you go along.
4. Allow 5-6 weeks to dry, you can check the state of your peppers by pinching them to see if they are brittle, before they are beginning to crumble or turn to hard
5. Once they are fully dried you can remove them from the string and remove any stems. Using gloves you can hand use a pair of scissors to create small flakes or use a blender to crush them but not turn them to powder.
Enjoy on pizza, pasta or add it to one of your favourite recipes for a little kick 🙂