DIY Dehydrated Green Chilli Powder @OmNomAlly #Raw option, #glutenfree, #paleo, #vegan. Green chilli powder is one of those ingredients you'll hardly ever see in the shops - so just make your own! Packing a vibrant, spicy punch, try this Home-made Green Chilli Powder in your dehydrator.

Homemade (Dehydrated) Green Chilli Powder

Alison Murray Dairy-free, Dehydrating, DIY, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Preserving, Raw, Recipes, Seasonings, Vegan, Vegetarian 12 Comments

DIY Dehydrated Green Chilli Powder @OmNomAlly #Raw option, #glutenfree, #paleo, #vegan. Green chilli powder is one of those ingredients you'll hardly ever see in the shops - so just make your own! Packing a vibrant, spicy punch, try this Home-made Green Chilli Powder in your dehydrator.

So what would you do when you score a kilo of chillies on the cheap?

You heard me, I currently have a whole kilo of chillies in my possession. I’m well aware they aren’t going to last more than a week in the fridge, and I can’t just pop them in my mouth like (nature’s) candy one by one. Well, not without a whole lot of ‘fun’. Yep, they’re going to need preserving so I’ve just planned up a whole day of freezing, drying and pickling for my big ol’ haul of fiery chillies. This should spice up my meals for many months to come.

The preparation for this recipe is incredibly simple, you just wash and dry the chillies then cut their caps off. You will however need two important pieces of equipment – a dehydrator and a spice grinder. While you could potentially use a low-temperature oven for drying, it tends to cook the chillies instead, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Dehydrating retains the colour inside and ensures the chillis dry evenly – essential for long-term storage. I also wouldn’t bother slicing the chillies in half to de-seed them; ideally you want to keep the nutrient-rich seeds where they are. It’s a fallacy that the seeds are the hottest part of the chilli as it’s actually the membranes on the inner ribs of the fruit that cause you to seek relief. With that in mind you can just leave the seeds alone and enjoy the vitamin C boost they give.

DIY Dehydrated Green Chilli Powder @OmNomAlly #Raw option, #glutenfree, #paleo, #vegan. Green chilli powder is one of those ingredients you'll hardly ever see in the shops - so just make your own! Packing a vibrant, spicy punch, try this Home-made Green Chilli Powder in your dehydrator.

The whole chillis will blacken in the dehydrator, but when chopped and whizzed in the spice grinder the whole mixture returns to a delightful green hue. It also turns out a bit more powdery than the batch of red I’ve made, for reasons I’m unsure of (ripeness of the fruit maybe?). While this green chilli powder packs a punch of flavour and heat, keep in mind that it doesn’t have the same fruity tones as red chilli powder either. Use sparingly to build heat in Tex Mex/Mexican or Asian cuisine recipes, but feel free to incorporate red chilli powder too for piquancy. Finally, make sure to pack this green chilli powder in small glass jars and store in a cool dark place to maintain the potency and flavour.

“The aroma of good chili should generate rapture akin to a lover’s kiss.” – Motto of the Chili Appreciation Society International

DIY Dehydrated Green Chilli Powder @OmNomAlly #Raw option, #glutenfree, #paleo, #vegan. Green chilli powder is one of those ingredients you'll hardly ever see in the shops - so just make your own! Packing a vibrant, spicy punch, try this Home-made Green Chilli Powder in your dehydrator.

 

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Home-made Green Chilli Powder
 
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Green chilli powder is one of those ingredients you'll hardly ever see in the shops - so just make your own! Packing a vibrant, spicy punch, try this Home-made Green Chilli Powder in your dehydrator.
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Recipe type: Seasonings
Cuisine: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Raw, Vegan.
Serves: ½ cup
Ingredients
  • Long green chillis (at least 5)
  • Dehydrator
  • Spice grinder
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry your chillies, cut off the green caps and slice in half if you prefer. Do not de-seed chillies.
  2. Lay chillies on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 125F/52C for 8 - 12 hours or until completely dry. Alternatively, dehydrated at 104F/40C for 12-16 hours for raw powder.
  3. Roughly chop dehydrated chillis and blitz in a spice grinder one by one. Store in small sealed jars in a cool, dark place and use within 6 months for maximum freshness and potency.
Notes
Select firm, brightly coloured chillis. Make sure they are free from soft or black areas or any sign of spoilage.

Wash your hands after handling chillies and never place hands near your nose or eyes while preparing or cutting them. Use gloves when grinding to powder and make sure coffee grinder lid is on securely before turning on.

Green chillies will blacken during dehydrating, this is normal and when grinding for powder the mixture will return to green. You may choose to cut the chillies in half or leave whole for dehydrating, either option is suitable. If cutting in half then lay the chillies on the dehydrating tray cut side siding up.

Drying time will be based on many factors including how many chillis you are dehydrating, whether they are whole or cut and what variety of chilli you are using. Check your chillies every two hours from 8hrs onward, they are dry when they feel brittle instead of rubbery. Check your dehydrator manual for the most suitable drying times for your unit.
This post is linked to: Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursdays, Thank Your Body, Allergy Free Wednesday.

Comments 12

  1. Ally,

    Very intriguing. Do you think this would work with jalapenos? Have an abundance in my garden. I recently found a dehydrator at a thrift store, looking for ideas.

    Thanks!

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      It would definitely work with jalapenos, as they are a smaller chilli the drying time might be a little shorter too possibly. Let me know how it goes!
      I’m going to use habeneros next time 😀

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      It is incredibly handy to have some chilli powder on hand, I’ve nearly gone through my whole batch now 😀
      While a dehydrator can be an expensive outlay, over the past year I’ve found I now use it consistently every week for some sort of delicious project! I was really put off by the price initially, but I think my cost per use has worked out really well by now 🙂

  2. The mention of Woolworth really takes me back. We shopped there a lot when I was growing up, but they’ve all closed down in my area now. I haven’t been in one in about 20 years. Those of some great deals you got and I would have snatched up those chile peppers too! Love your chile powder. I haven’t made it myself, but I do use it quite a bit, so much in fact that a while back I posted how to use it, along with some recipes. You’ve definitely inspired me to make my own! Thanks!

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      Thanks for the comment Mjskit, it sounds like I’m going to be trying some of your fantastic chilli powder recipes in the near future! It’s funny how things can take us back isn’t it?
      I hope to hear soon that you’ve made some chilli powder. the homemade stuff is a lot fresher and more potent too 😀

  3. I just love making my own spice mixes and this one looks awesome, can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  4. Can you please share what the shelf life might be for the dehydrated green chili? I live in NM and the season for purchasing Green Chili is coming up. I am working hard to put as much as I can away from our garden. We, like you, use green chili in just about everything. I have frozen chili but I certainly would like to try dehydration. Thanks for your response, Elaine

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      Great question Elaine! It will have the shelf life about the same as any spice you’ll buy at the grocers and I find that I’m still using the last specks of a large batch from six months ago. It’s still as potent and fresh as when I made it 😀
      As with all ground spices, it will lose potency depending on how long it’s been exposed to the air as well as where you store it. Keep it somewhere cool and dark and if you make a big batch, I would dish it out into smaller jars for storage.

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