Re: [CH] Problems drying chiles.

Ron M (
Sat, 21 Mar 1998 12:10:53 -0600

Hey Jim,

I use a Ronco It IS pretty fragrant, and I rotate the trays about every
10-12 hours. The Roncos are inexpensive( got mine for free from a
co-worker of my wife),and I've been happy with the results. I can dry
around 1 1/2 - 2 lbs halved and seeded habs. I don't know how well it
would work for other chiles, but I intend to find out real soon! 

Jim Campbell wrote:
> A MUCH cheaper solution (and one I was forced into after an accidental batch
> of HOT Christmas cookies) is to simply buy your own set of dedicated cookie
> sheets.  You might also try using foil.  As far as the dehyrators go, I am sold
> on my Excalibur.  It was a bit pricey ($200) but has thermostat, timer, huge
> amount of shelf space, and a heating element mounted vertically.  I had a
> Ronco type but the juices all dripped down onto the heating element.  Since
> there was no fan to circulate air either, they took forever to dry and needed
> the shelves rotated every few hours for even drying- ugh!  Your oven is still
> your best and cheapest bet.
> Hope this helps!
> -Jim Campbell
> Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co
> In the midst of drawing up plans for a WALK-IN dehydrator.  Tim Taylor
> would be proud!  Home built & cheap too.