How to Dry Habanero Peppers

By Jon Stefansson

Habanero peppers are among the hottest members of the chilli pepper family, typically clocking between 100,000 and 350,000 Scoville units, a widely recognized measure of chilli heat. By comparison, original recipe Tabasco sauce has between 7,000 and 8,000 Scoville units. Drying habanero peppers is a great way to preserve their intense flavor and heat for use in stews, chillies or other recipes that could use a little kick.

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Use dried habanero peppers to give your food a little kick.

Wire Rack Drying

Step 1

Wash the peppers under cold running water, gently brushing away any dirt. Dab the peppers dry with a clean kitchen cloth.

Step 2

Arrange the peppers on a wire rack so there's space for air to circulate.

Step 3

Place the rack in a dry, well-ventilated room.

Step 4

Wait a few weeks. The peppers will slowly lose their moisture, giving you perfectly dried peppers.

Hang Drying (Ristras)

Step 1

Wash the peppers under cold running water, gently brushing away any dirt. Dab the peppers dry with a clean kitchen cloth.

Step 2

Pass the needle and thread through the stalk of the pepper, wrap it around several times and pass it through a second time. This pepper will be at the bottom of the ristra.

Step 3

Thread the needle and thread through each stalk, forming a stack as you work.

Step 4

Hang the ristra by the thread in a dry, well-ventilated area. The peppers will lose their moisture over the next few weeks, slowly turning brittle.