drying poblanos

petula9April 26, 2006

What's your favorite method of drying poblanos to make anchos? How difficult is it to do well without a dehydrater? Thanks.

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I dry everything into a paprika type powder.

I havest in the fall. freeze the peppers. then thaw out in the winter and most of the moisture falls out. I grind up the mush and then I put the mush on top of the furnace or other hot spot and turn the mess as often as possible until it drys well. then I put back into the blender and grind them up again. and dry some more.

I thn take the dry paprika and put into sealed glass jars and put into the freezer for longer storage.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2006 at 2:59PM
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Unless you live in a low humidity area it's pretty hard to air dry them w/o getting mold. Not saying impossible, but I've never been successful here in Missouri with that large a pod.

I would suggest using your oven at the very lowest possible setting with the door cracked open slightly. Some years back I remember someone used a microwave to partially remove moisture. Lowest setting and for a very short time repeated over and over so as to not cook the pods. Poke the whole pods a few times so air and moisture can escape from the inside.

I'm assuming you want them whole so can reconstitute and perhaps stuff them (rellenos) later?


    Bookmark   April 26, 2006 at 5:24PM
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