Q.

What’s the best way to preserve fresh piri piri chilies?

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A.

While you can pickle or freeze chilies, with a small, very hot pepper like the piri piri, we’d recommend drying/dehydrating.

A dehydrator will probably give you the best results (drying without cooking as an oven would). While you can dehydrate them whole, splitting or slicing them will speed up the process and may give you more consistent results.

We haven’t dehydrated chilies in our test kitchen to come up with baseline times, but I’m reading between 8-12 hours at around 130 degrees online.

The dried piri piri chilies can be rehydrated later, crushed to make chile flakes, used in hot sauces or ground into chile powder.

– Question Submitted by James




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