Bell peppers are used in many different dishes, and you can find them fresh or pickled at most grocery stores.
The best way to get your veggies through both summer AND winter is by dehydrating them, which can be done at home in a matter of hours or days if needed. Dehydrated food lasts about three times as long as fresh foods do, so it’s perfect if you don’t have access to grocery stores throughout the year—or even want some delicious flavor without paying high prices every time they’re available outside their growing seasons! But how to dehydrate bell peppers? If you have a food dehydrator, then it is as easy as following these steps!
- Around 15 bell peppers approximately (You can use less or more)
- A food dehydrator( I prefer the Excalibur 9 tray)
- A sharp knife
- Cutting board
- ParaFlexx silicone sheets
- Vegetable dicer ( optional )
How to Dehydrate Bell Peppers in a Food Dehydrator
- Wash and dry the bell peppers thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides from the outside of the pepper.
- Secondly, you need to cut the peppers and remove the seeds and then slice them into strips or dice them, whichever you prefer.
- Place a few pepper pieces in each section on your food dehydrator trays to not touch one another (so they dry evenly). You may need extra trays, and this depends on how many pieces you have!. Also, make sure to use ParaFlexx silicone sheets because the peppers can stain the mesh trays. A dehydrator with an adjustable temperature helps.
- Follow instructions as indicated by your individual food dehydrators manual. You should usually dehydrate around 125 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 to 9 hours for smaller pieces; bigger pieces will take a couple of hours longer. Remember, this is an estimate based on what works best for most people, so it will vary depending on how humid where you live is currently at that time.
- Once the bell peppers are dry, remove them from your dehydrator, cool for a few minutes, and put them in a container like an airtight jar.
- The bell pepper pieces will last for some time as long as they remain dry! You can also rehydrate them if you want to eat them–soak in hot water for about 30 minutes before cooking how you prefer.
How to Tell If My Bell Peppers Are Done?
- The bell peppers will be dehydrated and crispy when they are done.
- Leave the peppers at room temperature and try to see if they snap; if they don’t and are still bendy, add them back into the dehydrator and leave for another hour, then do another taste test.
What Can You Use Dehydrated Peppers For?
Dehydrated bell peppers can be used in a variety of dishes. You can slice them up for salads, put them on pizzas, or use crushed pepper flakes to add flavor to your favorite dish. Dehydrate red and green bells separately so that you maintain their color when they are ready. In addition, dehydrated peppers can be used in homemade spice blends.
How to Store Your Dehydrated Bell Peppers
After you have dehydrated bell peppers, how should you store them to make the most of your investment?
The first task you need to do is to make sure the peppers are dehydrated. This will ensure that they don’t mold and grow bacteria which can cause food poisoning or not taste good. In addition, dehydrating removes all the moisture from the bell peppers and leaves them with a crispy texture.
Sweet peppers are a healthy and versatile ingredient. They can taste sweet or savory, depending on how you cook them with your favorite ingredients! When storing dehydrated ones in the pantry, they should be stored in an airtight container to ensure freshness for up to one year. If you use these tasty veggies often, then it may make sense to invest in a vacuum sealer that will compress any time spent sealing bags of food into much less time than cutting out individual pieces from storage containers.
We recommend sealing the bell peppers in a paper bag before storing them and then placing them into your Food Saver-type bags or mylar. The edges on these pepper pieces are sharp, so when you’re using a vacuum seal, it could potentially pierce holes through the plastic over time.
How to Make Bell Pepper Powder
To make bell pepper powder, simply dehydrate bell peppers. First, place the desired amount of fresh, ripe red or green bell peppers into a food dehydrator and set it to your preferred dryness level. Once they are thoroughly dried and cooled, put them in a coffee grinder until you have reached the desired grind consistency. You can use this powder for seasoning on pizzas, baked potatoes, or other dishes.
What Can You Do With Bell Pepper Powder?
- You can use the pepper powder on meat rubs, hummus, corn on the cob and sprinkle it on popcorn.
- You can also use it as a green veggie recipe that uses dehydrated bell pepper, leafy greens, leeks, and more to make a nutritious green juice.
- Add to very hot foods, such as chili or soup, for a spicy kick.
How to Use A Food Dehydrator Easiest Way?
It’s important to preheat the dehydrator before you start drying your food. This helps it reach an optimal temperature and ensures that all of your items will be dry at about the same time, rather than some taking much longer than others. For best results, choose foods with similar cooking requirements and cut them into similarly-sized pieces so they’ll cook evenly in a short amount of time!
Health Benefits of Bell Peppers
- Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C
- They’re also full of potassium, which is good for your heart and vital organs
- Don’t forget how healthy bell pepper skins are! They’re filled with fiber that supports digestion.
All in all, it’s a simple process that will take your bell peppers from fresh to crispy and easily stored. Get ready for the best-dried pepper season ever! Now you know how to dehydrate bell peppers. Follow these steps closely and enjoy the benefits of having delicious dried vegetables on hand at any time during the cold winter months when other products may be scarce. If you have any questions about drying your own peppers, feel free to get in touch with us here at The Fresh Connection; we would love nothing more than to help provide some culinary inspiration for those cold winter nights ahead! We hope that our tips were valuable.
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