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How To Dehydrate Jalapeños

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This is Part 2 of a 4-part series on Larry’s Jalapeño Cheese Bread.

Act I — The Jalapeño

¡Ay, caramba! ¡Ariba, ariba, andalay!

You can get these in cans, but I like the food grade plastic bottles.

Just dump the pequeñas jalapeños nacho in a strainer and wash them.

¡Caliente Caliente! Hot, hot!

One or two jalapeños aren’t too bad, but in large groups jalapeños can be dangerous. Seriously consider latex gloves.

Under no circumstances rub your eyes! ¡Santo Toledo!

Spread them out in the dehydrator. The ball, shown below, keeps the pequeñas jalapeños nachos from escaping through the hole.

The next day — pequeñas jalapeños secos.

A hard day’s night — jalapeños secos muy pequeño.

¡Peligro! ¡Quemarse sí mismo! Danger! You can burn yourself!

Dried jalapeños can cause burns to mouth, eyes, nose and even ears. Dust and powder from chopping can burn eyes, nose and throat. Take precautions. I use eye protection, latex gloves, a fan and an open window — and I still sneeze. I’m not joshing here. ¡mire usted!

One more thing

Dried jalapeños can cause burns to mouth, eyes, nose and even ears. Dust and powder from chopping can burn eyes and nose. Take precautions. I use eye protection, latex gloves, a fan and an open window — and I still sneeze. I’m not joshing here. ¡mire usted!

Empty the trays, a large bowl is helpful in not having the pequeñas jalapeños secos escape and stir up diablura. Time to fire up the old reliable Osterizer™ blender.

Now just load the pequeñas jalapeños secos into the blender and chop — works grate! Fill to about the level shown.

¡Peligro! ¡Quemarse sí mismo! Danger! You can burn yourself!

This will also create jalapeño dust, which is more than mildly irritating. Stay upwind. ¡iSalud!

Put the pequeño y seco picado jalapeños into another bowl with a plastic strainer. Use the plastic strainer to separate the chopped pieces from the powder (and dust).

Now into the storage jars, and completo. ¡muy bien!

I don’t know if you can buy dried, chopped jalapeños, but then I never looked. Perhaps you could just spread them on a large cookie sheet and parchment paper in a oven to dry them out. A 16 oz. jar of nacho sliced jalapeños should probably work. Let us know.

Part 3: How To Dehydrate Cheese

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