Hot Pepper Flakes

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We grow lots of different varieties of hot peppers, including ghost peppers.  I pickle some, freeze a few and make hot pepper jelly, but my favorite use for them is homemade pepper flakes.  My Montgomery Ward food dehydrator bit the dust a few months ago (it was a workhorse!) so I ended up with a basic one from WalMart.  They are processed on racks until they are crisp dry.  It takes a day or two.  I’m still picking and drying so will hold off on the last step.  I take my electric mini food chopper outside and give them a whirl.  We like spicy in our house, there’s nothing like some serious heat on pizza, in pasta sauce, tacos, vegetables… you get the idea.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HRSG
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 07:45:10

    Montgomery Ward? Good grief that thing must have been 15 years old, or more! Peppers look gorgeous!


  2. Jennifer
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 12:23:05

    I would be afraid to wiz those peppers around in the chopper! Hot pepper dust ! YOW! LOL. My parrots eat dried peppers and once and a while I’ll give them a kiss on the beak and my lips burst into flames. 😀


  3. Connie
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 12:43:54

    That’s why I do the last step outside!


  4. Toni Burnett
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 15:41:49

    I just bought a MW food dehydrator. Do you happen to know where I could get a manual for it?


    • Connie
      Sep 10, 2012 @ 06:21:28

      Hi Toni, I don’t know where to get one but if you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them.


      • Toni Burnett
        Sep 10, 2012 @ 17:20:41

        Hi Connie, thanks for replying. Are the trays dishwasher safe and what is the cleaning prodecure for inside the dehydrator? Never used one before and couldn’t pass up the deal on this one. I know I can get receipes online just need a little help with the cleaning part. Thank you.

  5. Connie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 17:33:24

    It’s OK to use a mild detergent and a wet damp cloth. I’ve tossed the trays and tray inserts in my dishwasher. I still have the mesh inserts, I’m using them for a surface to drain my goat cheese on. 🙂


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