Ever since I bought my Nesco Snasckmaster Pro I have been looking forward to drying chile peppers to make my own red pepper flake. I use a ton of red pepper flake in the many dishes I cook, and I thought it’d be awesome to grown my own peppers and dry them. So, that’s what I did. My pepper harvest wasn’t very bountiful, but fortunately it doesn’t take a lot of peppers to make a good-sized batch of red pepper flake. Packed with heat and great flavor, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.
I hand-crushed the dried peppers with a mortar and pestle. You could use a blade coffee grinder or even blender, but I think you’ll end up with chile powder (my next project) instead of coarse flake. You get much better control over the end product using the mortar and pestle.
Also try my smoked habanero flake.
- Chile peppers
- Cut the stems off of the peppers. Do not remove the seeds.
- Place peppers on the dehydrator trays. Set the dehydrator temperature to 165 F.
- Dry for 8 hours or until the peppers are crispy and brittle.
- Working in batches, place the peppers into a mortar and grind with the pestle until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Store in an airtight container.