My goal is to grow and dry those peppers to make my own cayenne and paprika powders. I use a lot of both in cooking; I also add cayenne powder to the herbal wormer I give the goats. I'd like to be able to grow the things I use most, instead of being dependent on the grocery store.
The paprika plant is still covered with yellow peppers that haven't yet turned red, so I'll talk about those later when I harvest them. For now, I have picked all the red cayenne peppers. There are just two green ones left on the plant, so I'll dry and powder them later. (There are also a few new blossoms on the plant, but I doubt that those will turn into red peppers before the first frost.)
|Those look almost neon - it's from the camera flash.|
Wearing gloves, I cut the tops off the peppers and cut them into pieces about a half-inch long. You can remove the seeds at this point, or leave them for a little extra heat. I left them, but next time I'll remove them. I found that they didn't grind to quite the fine powder that I'd expected, and I think removing the seeds might fix that. Not that it really matters; I just expected a finer powder. Don't forget to wear gloves when cutting up the peppers.
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