Sunday, September 9, 2012
Until I learned the correct way to do it.
I was so happy. Some of you may be saying "what in the world is that!"
It's a dried sunflower. You see, Maureen grows sunflowers almost every year in her garden and this year she was kind enough to dry one and give it to me.
Let them sit for at least 8 hours. You can leave them in there longer if you like but it will take at least 8 hours for them to start soaking up the salt water all the way through.
I left mine in for about 20 hours. I stirred them around a few times to make sure they all got in the water good.
At this point, I sprinkled a little bit more salt on them. Yes, I love salt!
Roast them at 300 degrees for 30 mins. Move them around 1/2 way through. You don't want them to burn. Check to see if they are done. I put mine back for 10 more minutes as the inside seeds were still a little soft.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I cut the Serrano peppers in half and put them in the dehydrator. I wanted this to be hot so I left all the seeds in too.
Serrano peppers start out green but if you let them stay growing they turn to red. The red is hotter. You can see I do have a few green ones too. I just mixed them in with the red as it doesn't really matter.
I do my hot peppers outside because the steam (that you don't even see) gets in the air and you will feel it in your eyes, nose and throat. This of course causes watery eyes, runny nose and coughing.
I did 6 racks of peppers this time. I started them out on low for several hours and then as they were pretty close to being all dry I kicked it up to high so I wouldn't have to leave the dehydrator on all night.
However, I did search on line and found out that you really can't over dry these. If you want to rehydrate them, you may wish to be a little more careful but to turn them into pepper you are good to go without the worry of over drying them.
Mine took about 12 hours. It would be faster if you turned up the heat. Just be sure to follow the directions on your dehydrator as they are all different.
Again, I take the peppers outside to grind them up. The powder will fly around and you will cough, get the runny nose and burning eyes much worse then even when you dehydrate them. You may wish to even wear a mask.
I didn't do this. Being outside, really helps and I didn't need it.
This can now be used in soup, stews, salsa, as a rub or what ever you want a little kick added to your dish.
It's also a great and easy way to have all those peppers last a lot longer then if you left them whole and tried to use them up all at once.
This jar is going to my brother as he is the one who grew them. I'm sure he will be thrilled to get this.
You can also do this with onions, garlic and about every type of veggie to make powders.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Of course it's much quicker and easier to just buy it. This one was found down at one of the little shops by the beach.
Even though Summer is about over, I think we will leave this out all year. It's cute, works great and makes me happy.