Drying Produce: Simple and Easy

| 7/31/2017 12:15:00 PM

Tags: food preservation, food drying, drying herbs, Anna Twitto, Israel,


Dried hot peppers

Because I love doing things as simply as possible, drying is probably my favorite way of preserving food. It’s easy, efficient and low-cost, especially if you do sun-drying. Although many people love their food dehydrators and find them very convenient, drying can be also done in a regular kitchen oven.

Herbs are one of the easiest things to dry. Simply cut a good-sized bunch, wash it thoroughly, tie by the stems and hang to dry – outside if the weather is sunny, inside if you have frequent rains or live in a very humid climate. In a few days, depending on the weather and humidity level, you should have a bunch of perfectly dry herbs ready to be stored in a tightly sealed glass jar or plastic bag. You can keep them as leaves for tea or crush them into powder for seasoning.

This year we had a bumper crop of hot peppers, which aren’t the kind of vegetable you use in large quantities, so I dried some of the excess. To dry a batch of hot peppers, first cut them lengthwise and remove the seeds. Careful - wear gloves while handling, because those little capsicums can be treacherous. Place the peppers on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.

If drying outside, cover the cookie sheet with metal wire, cloth mesh or anything else that will keep birds and insects away but still let sunlight get to the peppers. Place in direct sunlight and turn peppers over every few hours. This process may take several days, depending on the amount of light, degree of heat and humidity.

8/5/2017 12:54:55 PM

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