How do you dry jalapeno chilies?
Drying chilies is very easy. Usually, as long as they are kept in a reasonably dry area (like a basement of an air-conditioned home) they can be allowed to air dry. It sometimes helps prevent mold growth if the chilies are soaked in a mild bleach solution (1 tsp household bleach per quart of tap water) for about 5 minutes before hanging them to dry. An oven or home dehydrator will dry the chilies much faster and more reliably but perfectly satisfactory results can be obtained without expensive equipment.
Source: Douglas Holt, Ph.D., Chair of Food Science Program & State Extension Specialist for Food Safety, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009