Everything worth knowing about dried chilies!
In the following article, learn everything important about the little agitators. Why are they so spicy and what can you use them for? These and other questions will be explained in the following paragraphs.
The dried pods are really fiery hot!
In the process of drying, of course, the water content in the chilies is reduced. Although this is not new knowledge, this point is important, as it is the reason to why the dried fruits are much hotter than the fresh ones. On our scale of heat for the dried pods, reach all values in the upper third of the scale. You should always be aware of this when working with dried chilies in the kitchen, so that your dish does not trick you. Because, even if spicy food definitely has positive effects on the organism, you do not want to overdo it.
Many varieties can be preserved this way!
Originally, the method of drying was solely meant for preservation. Once again, water is the deciding factor. The moister a food is, the faster it can spoil. The dried chilies have therefore a much longer shelf life than the freshly harvested pods do. Even today, drying is a widespread way to preserve foods of all kinds for longer keeping. However, the drying process is not just for preservation alone, it is often only the first step on the way to the final spice.
How can you use the pods in the kitchen?
The dried pods can be used in many ways. Among other things, they can of course be crushed with a knife or a so-called Cruncher, in order to spice up any desired meal. With soups or stews you do not have to do this work, you can also cook the chilies as a whole. Depending on how hot you want the food to be, you must either leave the pod in the mix or remove the pod sooner or later. Many traditional recipes require immersion in water before the pods are consumed. This serves primarily to the consistency. With these dried chilies, you can also easily produce your own chilli oil by putting the spicy pods in vegetable oil. You can then use this flavored oil at will, for example, for frying or as a basis for a hot dressing in the kitchen. You can also process the dried chilies perfectly to make your own chilli powder. Make the hot spice yourself, so that you can spice up all sorts of dishes with it - you only need a mortar and the pods. This method even has one decisive advantage: you can decide how fine or coarse your own chilli powder should be. However, you can achieve a particularly fine result by crushing the dried chilies in an electric mill instead of in a mortar. To achieve an even more intense flavor, you can briefly roast the dried pods in the oven on both sides. However, if you roast the chilies too long, bitter substances are released. The result would be pods that taste way too bitter. Of course, you have to be careful, in case of both of the methods that there are no stems left on the pods. Furthermore, you should keep in mind that after you have crushed the fiery pods, you should always clean the utensils very thoroughly before other foods come into contact with it. We have summarized the previous points once more clearly for you:
- Dried chilli can be crushed with a knife.
- The pods can also be cooked as a whole.
- With the mortar or a mill fine powder can be produced.
- For a more intense flavor you can roast the pods briefly.
What else is important?
When storing, it should be noted that the pods need little light, little moisture and a cool place. Unfortunately, when dealing with the really hot chilies it can also come to discomfort and burns. It is therefore always advisable to wear gloves during processing. If, however, something of the capsaicin literally catches your eye, you must immediately wipe the affected area with oil. In no case may you use water for the first aid, which would only intensify the burning. Not only the hands and the face are vulnerable zones, but also the respiratory tract. The fine dust, which is produced, for example, during the crushing of the dried chilies, must under no circumstances be inhaled. What you should pay attention to when dealing with dried chilies, is again in the following summary:
- The pods must be stored in dark, dry and cool places.
- Gloves should be worn during processing.
- If it comes to burns - oil helps, not water!
- Also, the dust, for example, when crushing, can be dangerous, so better not breathe it in!
Where are the dried pods available?
Dried chilies are relatively hard to find, at least in our latitudes. Not every delicatessen carries these fiery specialties. The World Wide Web offers in this day and age the best conditions to find the dried chilies. Of course, we do not want to deprive you of the spicy pleasure that the dried pods have to offer. In our Pepperworld Hot Shop you will find a large selection of different varieties, all of which are dried with a lot of love. In addition to the pods themselves, you will also find the right accessories there, such as the Chilli Cruncher.
What's the fiery conclusion?
The dried chilies are, due to their low water content, significantly hotter than the fresh pods. In the kitchen, the small fire pods can be used in many different ways. Whether whole or in oil, the possibilities are really diverse. From the dried chilies you can also, without much effort, produce your own chilli powder. Since the procedure of drying is traditionally a shelf-life method, many varieties of chilli are processed this way. In use, it is advisable to wear gloves during work. Unfortunately, these hot varieties cannot be bought anywhere, or rather fortunately! That's why we can exclusively offer you a great selection of dried chilli products and the corresponding kitchen utensils. Check out our Pepperworld Hot Shop [Link2] and have a look around.