Drying hot peppers

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Tuesday 08 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Here in Türkiye, we use a table condiment called Pul Biber on a daily basis. Basically it is red pepper flakes that are sprinkled onto hot meals, cold meals, salads, soups; basically anything we tend eat get’s a sprinkling 🙂

As with most foodstuffs, the taste varies tremendously, from mild and virtually tasteless (to my palate), to rather fiery. We used to buy from local merchants where we know the product.

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Of course, making one’s own is a far better option, as at least I know that no pesticides have been used, and I even pick and dry our own peppers, just like this.

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We only keep a dozen or so plants of this particular type (only used for these dry flakes), but that’s enough for the needs of our small family. So a small bucket twice a season is plenty.

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Stringing them up takes time, but it’s a fairly therapeutic task.

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I’ll then hang these out on the balconies for three weeks in the late summer heat – which is currently hovering around 38-40 (100-104F) daytimes, 25-30 (77-86F) at night. That’s still warm enough to do the job; much cooler and they’ll perhaps rot. Oh and here’s last year’s by the way – very tasty I must admit 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Drying hot peppers

  1. aj vosse says:

    Superb sowing skills!! 😈

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  2. happyface313 says:

    🙂 They look very pretty. We’ve tried to dry them, but didn’t succeed. I guess it was the colder weather.
    Have a very HAPPY and spicy day 🙂

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