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How To: Dehydrate Jalapenos

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Learn how to dehydrate jalapenos to preserve your harvest at the height of freshness! This easy preserving method takes the guesswork of storing your jalapeno or hot pepper harvest. Use your dehydrated peppers as is or grind them into a powder.

We've all been there. Standing in the grocery store buying fresh, delicious jalapeno peppers. In one hand, you've got a package of 6 jalapenos for $4, or a whole bag with 20 for $4.97 in the other. (Don't make fun of my grocery pricing!! I'm Canadian!)

I buy that $5 pack every.single.time. I use whatever I can and then preserve the rest. Sometimes that means freezing jalapenos, sometimes that means dehydrating jalapenos, and sometimes that means loads of guacamole in the fridge, but they never go to waste!

This how to make dried jalapenos guide is dedicated to the better deal.

Dehydrated jalapeno bits in a small labeled jar.

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tips + tricks

No. 1 --> If you're processing a lot of peppers, wear gloves! This is a lesson I learned the hard way one time while canning a mega batch of spicy salsa. I had to sleep with my hand in milk because the capsaicin burned so bad!!

No. 2 --> Keep the size of your slice or dice consistent. This will improve your drying results as all your pepper pieces will be dehydrated around the same time.

No. 3 --> If at all possible, deydrate your jalapenos outside. If it's not possible, try to keep them in the garage near a slightly open window to vent some of the fumes!

No. 4 --> Some people recommend dehydrating jalapeño peppers in the oven. I do not. Have you ever accidentally sent jalapeno guts down your garburator with hot water? It ain't pleasant! Don't do this in your oven.

A small jar overflowing with dried jalapeno peppers.

key ingredients

Jalapenos: Choose fresh, firm, ripe jalapenos without blemishes, holes, or mold. Any jalapenos with wrinkled or dark spots should be either discarded or have those bits cut out.

While this recipe is written for jalapenos, it will work for any hot pepper; poblano, serrano, habanero, etc.

5 ripe jalapenos in a row.

how to dehydrate jalapenos

  1. Wash your peppers well in cool water. Allow them to air dry, or dry with a soft, clean kitchen towel. Excess moisture left on the peppers means more work for your food dehydrator!
  2. Slice off the stem of your peppers and ream the inside of the pepper with the handle end of a spoon, this will dislodge the membrane and seeds.
  3. Decide how you'd like them prepared:
    Rings - Slice your jalapeno in 1/4 - 3/8" rings, leaving the seeds intact if desired.
    Strips - Slice your jalapeno in half, then cut into 1/4" strips.
    Diced - Slice the jalapenos into strips, then dice to desired size.
    Halves - Slice the jalapenos in halves.
    Whole - no further prep required.
    (Note --> for this recipe I used my KitchenAid food processor attachment to do all the grunt work!)
  4. Place the prepared jalapenos onto the racks of your dehydrator then dehydrate at 125f until desired doneness. The doneness depends on your intended use. This can range from 6-12 hours depending on the size of your peppers and the desired doneness.
    Leathery - Dehydrating the jalapenos until the leathery stage is ideal for peppers you want to rehydrate or use in cooked recipes.
    Brittle - Continuing past the leathery stage and drying the peppers until they are brittle is ideal if you plan on turning the dried peppers into a powder.
  5. Allow the peppers to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.

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how to rehydrate dried peppers

Remove desired jalapenos from the container and soak in hot water for 5-10 minutes until they reabsorb enough water. You'll know they are rehydrated when they start to look like the pieces you had before you dehydrated.

While these rehydrated peppers look close to fresh, they won't be exactly the same. I recommend using them in recipes that don't require the crunch of fresh jalapenos.

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Dehydrated jalapeno bits in a 1/2 cup measuring cup.

how to use dehydrated jalapenos:

These jalapenos can be used similarly to fresh jalapenos. The texture won't be quite the same, but the flavor and heat are there. I recommend using them in a cooked dish or a recipe that doesn't rely on the crunch of fresh pepper.

Use your dehydrated peppers:

  • Dry them till brittle and blend them in a spice grinder, food processor, or high-powered blender to make a killer jalapeno powder, like my sriracha powder!
  • Blend them with salt in a food processor or blender to make ass kickin jalapeno salt!
Jalapeno salt on a spoon
jalapeno salt!

batch and storage information

Batch: There is no limit to how many peppers you can dehydrate using this method, aside from your available dehydrator space!

Storage: Keep your dehydrated jalapenos in for up to a year in an airtight container. I like to use small mason jars. The FoodSaver jar attachment (I've only been able to find it on Canadian Amazon) is great for sucking the air of jars for long term storage. Dehydrated jalapenos can also be vacuum sealed and stored in the freezer.

A sealed jar of dried jalapenos

KitchenAid food processor: Dicing a large batch of anything sucks, so I bought myself a KitchenAid Food Processor attachment with dicing plate! It is so awesome! I diced 10 jalapenos in perfect dice in under a minute. Clean up is a breeze too!

Dehydrator: I have and love(!) a 9 RACK EXCALIBUR DEHYDRATOR. We use it to DEHYDRATE CITRUS WHEELSGARLIC, strawberries, pears and even, DEHYDRATE MARSHMALLOWS, and much more. It's got a 24-hour timer and very precise temperature controls so it's great for dehydrating various foods.

Kitchenaid stand mixed fitted with food processor attachment

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Dehydrated jalapeno bits in a small labeled jar.
Yield: 1/2 cup

How To: Dehydrate Jalapenos

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Use your food dehydrator to make homemade dried jalapeno peppers. This easy guide will walk you through how to make them and how to use dehydrated jalapenos.

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh jalapeno peppers

Instructions

  1. Wash your peppers well in cool water. Allow them to air dry, or dry with a soft, clean kitchen towel.
  2. Slice off the stem of your peppers and ream the inside of the pepper with the handle end of a spoon, this will dislodge the membrane and seeds.
  3. Decide how you'd like them prepared:
    Rings - Slice your jalapeno in 1/4 - 3/8" rings, leaving the seeds intact if desired.
    Strips - Slice your jalapeno in half, then cut into 1/4" strips.
    Diced - Slice the jalapenos into strips, then dice to desired size.
    Halves - Slice the jalapenos in halves.
    Whole - no further prep required.
  4. Place the prepared jalapenos onto the racks of your dehydrator then dehydrate at 125f until desired doneness. The doneness depends on your intended use. This can range from 6-12 hours depending on the size of your peppers and the desired doneness.
    Leathery - Dehydrating the jalapenos until the leathery stage is ideal for peppers you want to rehydrate or use in cooked recipes.
    Brittle - Continuing past the leathery stage and drying the peppers until they are brittle is ideal if you plan on turning the dried peppers into a powder.
  5. Allow the peppers to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.

Notes

how to rehydrate dried peppers

Remove desired jalapenos from the container and soak in hot water for 5-10 minutes until they reabsorb enough water. You'll know they are rehydrated when they start to look like the pieces you had before you dehydrated.

storage information

Keep your dehydrated jalapenos in for up to a year in an airtight container. I like to use small mason jars. Dehydrated jalapenos can also be vacuum sealed and stored in the freezer.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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