Making your own fresh chili powder!

Now this one is for the heat heads! or well….anyone who wants to forgo whatever it is in that plastic container you bought at the grocery store labeled ” chili powder”. Seriously…what’s in this stuff? And who knows how longs its been sitting somewhere on a shelf! So in order to remedy this, and give you a little project to complete if you have a little time. Here is a step by step way to make your own chili powders! Trust us, it’s worth it! Now you can use whatever peppers you like, and however many you want. The quantity won’t effect the heat. It will just create more powder. I grow my own so I usually use a variety of habaneros, jalapenos, fatalis, or whatever else I have. And you can also add in garlic powder, etc to create your own unique shakers and such. The possibilities are endless. Use this stuff in chilis, mexican dishes, or wherever you want to add a little heat…or a LOT! HA. Plus you can store the dried peppers in a container until you want more powder ( they will last longer this way).

Ingredients :

  • As many peppers as you want
  • Food dehydrator
  • Coffee grinder
  • Storage jars

Method : 

First make sure your peppers are thawed ( if frozen). Then cut the stems off, and slice them in half removing the seeds. Lay these pepper halves out on your dehydrator trays. I usually run my dehydrator at around 135 degrees for 5-6 hours. Just keep checking them until they are nice and dried out! Now…at this point you can store them in a jar or you can use your coffee grinder to grind up some fresh powder. A couple of things though…..1) make sure you are in a well ventilated area when grinding, and 2) make sure you use this grinder ONLY for this purpose. Otherwise you will get a nasty surprise in your coffee..HA! Once you have your powder ground, just store it in a container and keep it in a dark, cool place until your ready to use it! Just don’t blame us when your friend sprinkles it on your favorite cereal….

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