Dishes with the addition of bell peppers have a pleasant taste and aroma. Outwardly, even the most simple dishes look very attractive and appetizing. Drying nourishes the human body with vitamins and nutrients in the winter. Properly dried fruit preserves vitamins, does not change the taste and color. Energetically valuable product will decorate and enrich soups and main dishes and even pastries with vitamins.
Specificity of vegetable drying
In order to get better dried raw materials for the winter, it is necessary to select the fruits of the nightshade representative correctly. For the process using high-quality ripe vegetables with thick walls, without damage. You can dry and immature fruits, but the product in this case will be of lower quality.Drying will look beautiful if you choose different colored peppers.
Preparation for drying of bell pepper is as follows:
- Rinse a representative of Solanaceae under running water and dry with a paper towel.
- Use a sharp knife to break free from the stalks, cut the core.
- Free the vegetables from the seeds.
- Divide into 2 or into 4 parts, then cut into straws about 5 mm thick. Manually or using a vegetable cutter.
- Spread evenly into trays, trays, racks.
The cooking time of dried paprika depends on the thickness of the chopped vegetables and on the method of drying. The use of household appliances significantly speeds up the cooking process at home.
Methods for preparing a dry billet for the winter
Dried paprika can be prepared in various ways:
- on the air and on the sun;
- in the oven;
- in an electric dryer;
- in the microwave.
How to dry sweet pepper in the oven
You can dry the vegetable in both electric and gas ovens. To dry in the oven, you must:
- Set the heating temperature in the oven to 50 ° C.
- Place in a baking pan with sliced pieces. Lay out evenly in one layer. A baking tray is laid with parchment paper.
- The oven door needs to be slightly opened, so that the moisture evaporates.
- Dry for 12-14 hours, periodically checking readiness.
In the dryer
With the use of electric dryers dry the vegetable faster and more reliably. Cooking time in a device such as, for example, VOLTERA 1000 Lux, will be about 12 hours. The exact term depends on the width and thickness of the prepared vegetable.
The process is no different from drying in the oven. Cut the strips in a uniform layer laid out on pallets and include a dryer at 50 ° C.It looks like the pepper after the dryer
Quality is checked with your fingers. If the fruit crunches after drying, then it is well dried.
In the microwave
For one portion of drying in the microwave, you need to prepare 3-4 pieces of the nightshade. Washed and dried fruits cut into strips or cubes. Spread them out on a plate so that the bottom of the plate can be seen between them. Selecting a power of 200-300 watts, turn on for two minutes. After completion, open the microwave door and air it. Stir the pieces. The procedure is repeated if the product remains wet. If during the drying process there is a burning smell, you need to reduce the specified power.
Air drying and drying conditions
When harvesting dried pepper, you can use the old method and dry vegetables in the open air. This method was used by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers.Drying strips in the fresh air
If the weather is warm without rain, you can use the balcony. Sliced vegetables laid out on a rack or baking sheet, covered with gauze on top and carried to the balcony. After three or four days, at a favorable temperature, the vegetables will dry out.
In rainy weather at high humidity it is better not to do this, peppers should be left at home. At high humidity and low temperatures, the pepper dries longer. The drying process can take a week.
How to store in a home environment and where to useDried pepper pieces can be ground and used in vegetables and meat dishes
You can store dried paprika in different ways. For storage of dried bell peppers use:
- linen bag;
- glass jar;
- plastic bag.
Storing the dried product in a linen bag allows it to breathe. Flax well passes air, ventilation turns out. This method is used for a long time, it is reliable.
A cellophane bag with perforated holes on the sides is also suitable for storing dried pepper. Also use bags with zippers.
Dried Bulgarian pepper will be seasoned if crushed to flakes using a food processor.
Store dried products for several months. Securely can be stored on the shelf for vegetables in the refrigerator.The best way to store food
Dried Bulgarian pepper is used in the preparation of the first and second courses. The crushed paprika powder is mixed with other dried foods and spices. Use the mixture to make sauces. Paprika is used separately.
It will replenish the body with useful minerals in the period of vitamin deficiency - in the winter, will raise the immunity and reduce the risk of developing colds.
Also do not forget to read our articles on how to dry potatoes and carrots.