Drying and grinding peppers
Last year, my wife and I put in a 200' row of peppers. We found that cutting up the peppers, drying them in 3 commercial driers, and grinding them up into powder w/ our little cuisinart spice grinder made some delicious spices. However, this process is somewhat time consuming. Slicing up a 5 gallon bucket of jalapenos, prior to drying, takes several hours. The little cuisinart grinder works well, but it takes several hours to grind up the dried peppers. I have looked online and found that there are mills but they cost from $2500 to $8500.
Have any of you had to deal w/ this? This year we plan to put in 3 200' rows of peppers. Finding an alternate approach is going to be a must! Hopefully there is an approach somewhere in the middle.