Dried chilies for the winter

Dried chilies for the winter

This year I once again planted too few cayenne chilies for the year. They always seem to go so much faster that I had planned. I crumble a chili up and add it to almost everything I make.Think of chili flakes that have flavor rather than just heat.

I have saved seed (in the form of that last dried chili) for the past three years because I was so happy with the cultivar. I will do the same again next year, but plant six bushes instead of three. I’ll have extra seeds if you want to try some.

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If you decided to grow your own, I suggest waiting to pick until they have already started to shrivel on the plant. Use a heavy sewing needle, I prefer a curved needle, and pull a double line of heavy-duty upholstery thread to string the peppers through the stem end.

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Then hang them up, and let them dry. I usually tie the ends of the thread to a clothes hanger to hang them all in one place.