how to grind dried peppers

How to Grind Up Dried Peppers

Grinding up peppers is important as it helps pepper last for a longer period of time. This is because of the fact that grinding up peppers prevents them from losing their flavor. Keep in mind that the oils that usually give peppers their flavor usually react with oxygen making pepper lose its flavor.

Apart from helping you retain the flavor of pepper, grounding dried pepper helps to control the heat level of pepper. So, without further ado, here is how to grind up dried peppers:

Step 1

First of all, put your peppers in a frying pan and toast them over medium heat until they start turning brown. Toasting helps remove any residual moisture and brings out the flavor of the peppers. It is also possible to toast your peppers in a 325-degree oven for eight minutes.

Once the peppers are ready, remove them from the baking sheet if you roasted them in an oven or the pan and leave them to cool. After this, remove the seeds and stems from the peppers before tearing them into small pieces.

Step 2

Use a mortar and pestle to grind your dried peppers by hand. Even though using mortar and pestle when grinding peppers helps you get the best flavor, it is the most time consuming and laborious method.

You can grind your peppers using this method by placing the peppers you tore earlier into a bowl or mortar then grinding them against the bottom or side of the bowl using a pestle. For the best results, turn the pestle in a circular motion. Grind until your peppers turn into a coarse powder.

Step 3

You can either use a spice or electric coffee grinder to turn your peppers into powder. This is the fastest and easiest way to produce fine-grained pepper powder. Put your peppers into a grinder and turn on the grinder. Pepper can flavor coffee beans, and it is good that you use a dedicated coffee grinder to grind your pepper.

Step 4

Pepper powder can be made using a grinder or pepper mill. The good thing about this method is that it enables you to make freshly ground pepper powder. Cut or tear your peppers into small pieces before putting them in the empty pepper grinder. Whenever you want to use pepper powder, grind the amount you need to use.

Step 5

Store your peppers in an airtight container. Ensure that you store the container or containers with ground pepper in your refrigerator or a cool, dark cupboard for you to enjoy the flavor of fresh pepper. As you can see grounding pepper is not hard.

So, you can buy peppers and enjoy their taste for a longer period of time without having to worry about flavor when you grind your peppers. I hope that this article will help you use your pepper for a long period of time. Keep in mind that pre-ground pepper powder regardless of how spicy it is loses its bite when it comes into contact with air.