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what to do with these thai chili peppers

Posted by michelelc 6A, MA (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 24, 11 at 18:28

I bought 2 thai chili pepper plants this year, because last year I did very well with 2 plants. But, the plants I bought this year yielded very small peppers, unlike the long ones I got last year. They are so small, I don't know what to do with all of them. I don't want to take all the seeds out of every one. Can I just put them all on a screen and dry them, then grind them up, seeds and all? I also have a dehydrator, but they seem pretty small to dehydrate. Any recommendations?
Also, since it seems like there is more than 1 variety of thai chili pepper, does anyone know the name of the long, thin variety? I definitely don't want this variety again.

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RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

I have Vietnamese Multicolor and it has the same size. What I plant to do is air dry and then grind or pickle.

The only "thai" chiles that I have grown were long and skinny. I have saved seeds from the red and think I am growing the golden thai, but hey are still green and look like serranos...

If you pm me, I'll share the seeds.

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

Try making your own Sriracha sauce, it's surprisingly easy. I've also strung up some thai dragon with fishing line to dry in the window. I may have to bake them on a very low setting before I grind them, just so be sure they are dry. (Seeds and all).

Here is a link that might be useful: Check out PEPPERMEISTER's Homemade Sriracha Recipe: Ode to a Rooster.

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

hello michelle,
the long thin variety is most often called thai hot, the short stout version u have is most commonly referred to as thai bird or thai birdsye, it is very hard to say considering the fact that there are at least 100 or so varieties that are called thais, I have 4 different thai varities growing now, and I love them all, some I dry and then infuse into peanut oil for asian cooking, some, the thai birds in particular, i pickle in vinegar, eat the pickled peppers and use the vinegar. they are also good dried and powdered, or in a seasoning mix, try mixing some dried powdered thais w/ ground ginger, sesame seed, garlic powder, and ground corriander, it makes a nice all purpose thai seasoning. also dried whole and used for stir frying, so many uses so little time, keep the faith sister, and if u need some seeds for the long skinny thais for next season, shoot me a pm

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

I've got the tiny ones too, Fedco called them Thai Hot. Used them in hot sauce. Trying to work out a recipe for lemongrass ginger hot pepper jelly using them. First attempt needs more lemongrass and ginger, maybe fewer peppers b/c all i taste is heat.

How do you dry them?

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

Thanks Paul! All your ideas sound great! I'm not sure what pm means so I don't know how to shoot you one :)

Peppermeister, I will check out the sriracha recipe, I love sriracha.

ajsmama, I'd like to hear your lemongrass ginger hot pepper jelly recipe if you're willing to share, it sounds yummy. I have some lemongrass growing in a large pot. I've heard that with such a small pepper, you can just leave them somewhere with good ventilation and they will dry on their own, but hopefully someone with more expertise will chime in.

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

I love Thai chiles and used them all the time.

One of the most simple uses is the Hmong dipping/dabbing sauce called "Pepper."
Muddle some peppers in a mortar with salt, pepper, lime juice, green onion, and cilantro.
If you want a more traditional, strong Asian flavor, use a bit of fish sauce.
Then, just dab your meat in this pepper paste and enjoy with rice, too.

Another great dish is called "La." Pre-cook some chicken breast, let it cool 'til firm,
then shred it in a food processor. You don't want wet shredded want the meat dry.
Then, add in salt, pepper, mint, lemon grass, cilantro, and Thai chiles to desired heat.
Spoon the La into a cabbage or lettuce leaf and enjoy it like an Asian roll. A dollop of
sweet red chile paste on top is also fantastic.


RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

pm = private message (email)

I am drying peppers by slicing in half and then laying on a window screen, in the shade, on my deck.

The little ones, like in this photo, I just dried the things whole.

It takes a long time, especially when it's not hot outside, but I don't yet have a food dehydrator.

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

If i had a bunch of those, i would run them through my kitchen aide grinder, add 1/2 non-iodized salt per gallon and 1/4 cup of kefir. (I'd probably add a bunch of onion, mango, garlic and apple, too). Then i'd put it all in a glass bottle with a fermentation lock. 3 months later, strain it, boil it a nd bottle it. Whammo. Home made fermented pepper sauce. :)

RE: what to do with these thai chili peppers

yep PM private message, click on the my page link and then click on send me an email. As for drying, i dry thais, piquin, tobasco, chiltepins, pinguita de monos and other small pods on a cookie sheet @ 170 degrees in the oven for an hour or so ( longer for larger pods)

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