I like peppers, both sweet and hot. I have found a local green grocer, Rorabecks that sells a small sweet peppers that I like to put up for long term storage. And while they end up with a VERY long shelf life when put up this way, even this nine pound batch won’t last more than a few months. But I’ll have peppers to use whenever I want without worrying about having to find some that are in season.
Using them is as simple as adding them to a wet dish like soups or stews, or pouring some hot water over them for 15-20 minutes or so to rehydrate them before using them in dry dishes like stir frying and such. You can crumble them if you need a smaller sized pepper before re-hydrating them.
They also have the added benefit of being a tasty chip substitute for dipping or just eating raw.
So here is a pictorial on how I put up peppers by dehydrating:
Place on Excalibur 3900 dehydrator racks, put in dehydrator on low (100-115 degrees)
Leave for 3 days (yes, THREE days!) Makes them CRUNCHY!
Three days later…
Mason jars + lids, and vacuum bags, I use both for peppers
Connect the hose
Place the sealer on the jar
A sealed jar, ready to store for 10+ years
Vacuum bag double-bagged due to sharp edges, also 10+ year shelf life
Nine pounds of peppers dried, and vacuum sealed.
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