How to Dehydrate Hot Peppers

I love all things spicy (as evidenced by our series of hot pepper posts and review of 12 different types of them).

Sunday was a day to do some experimental preservation and dehydration – some of it worked our great, others flopped.  Our hot peppers were great, fast and easy.

Once the peppers were cut into rings (we used a mandolin for the most part and switched to a knife at the ends as I wanted the seeds), the process was almost done.

They went into the dehydrator at 140 degrees (Fahrenheit) and were done in 2-3 hours (by which time the sun had set and I couldn’t get a good photo).  I would slightly decrease the temperature (would try around 130) next time and leave for a bit longer.

240 grams of pepper flesh went into the dehydrator – 36 grams came out.  In different context, 16 hot peppers now take less than 1 cup of space in our pantry.  It continues to amaze me how much water is contained within our food.

Looking for more hot pepper goodness?  Check out our archive of hot pepper posts here!

  1. I too just finished a process of dehydrating Hot Peppers. I used a variety mixed together. I however de-headed, cut them in half, lengthwise, and left the seeds. My drying time was much longer, about 12 hours in a machine at a lower temperature.

    They turned out great! What was 5 trays of peppers, all stored in a quart jar, after they were dehydrated. I plan to use some of them by crushing them into pepper flakes and can a Thai dipping sauce.

    I really enjoy your posts. I also, continue to learn little “tricks” of the Trade from your works and writings.

    Keep up the Good Work.

    Pryor Jones

  2. I compost, and manage a monster compost project. It always amazes people how little dirt their food scraps produce, one the water’s all cooked out.

  3. Every year I take advantage of the variety of peppers we grow here in CA. We dry them in the oven and make pepper flakes for table use. They are so tasty!

  4. I use a box fan with non fiberglass furnace filters and plastic dehydrator screens. Place the screen on the filter and spread out the peppers. do 2-3 layers and bungee to the fan. leave it go for 2 days and you have the same thing. No need to buy an expensive dehydrator. I’m in about $20