Drying Cayenne Peppers

There are really two main ways to dry peppers. You can use a dehydrator or you can air dry them. One method takes about 12 hours, one take a few weeks.

I know what you all are thinking, the dehydrator seems like the best option. It’s much, much faster.

While I agree with you, I do prefer to air dry my peppers. I use the dehydrator for herbs because that’s much easier. However, peppers are so easy to air dry and they look so cute hanging around my house. They look like those cringeworthy fiesta lights, but I like that vibe. 🤷‍♀️

To air dry peppers, use string or fishing line and tie a knot around the stem of the pepper. If there is no stem, tie the knot around the pepper itself.

String up the peppers so they are not touching once hanging.

They need to be hung in a location where they will get light, and not a lot of moisture. My dining room is mostly windows, so that’s where I hung mine.

Let the peppers dry for a few weeks. Check them weekly to monitor their progress. How long it takes just depends on the peppers. It could take 4 weeks, it could take 2 months.

Once they they dry, you can store them at room temperature for a year or longer. Enjoy!

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