How to String Peppers for Drying

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Stringing peppers for drying is something that you can do by first making sure that you're wearing gloves. String peppers for drying with help from a professional chef, caterer and food stylist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, this is Chef Maria Sparks from Cork and Platter, and today I'm going to show you how to string Serrano peppers to dry. So, I'm sure you've seen in those little cute Sta. Fe gift shops, those peppers that are hanging down, little cascade and wondered how the heck do you do that? Well, I'm going to show you the step to take before you make that beautiful cascade. So, the first thing I do is make sure that I wear gloves. They will cause irritation if you have the oils on your skin. So, what we usually do is, is use the needle and thread or, the easier way is using clothespins. So, what we can do is string, use some string and if you've got a place to hang the string from end to end, you can even make your kitchen look really pretty and hang them, use some thumb tacks, hang them from the ceiling. And you're going to use clothespins and just clip where the green stem comes right out at the top of the pepper. Or, if you don't have a lot of room, you live in a, you know, small apartment or you don't, you can't string them anywhere, the easiest way is to use a coat hanger. And then, use the clothespins and separate the peppers about two to three inches apart from each other to make sure they're not touching. If your peppers are touching, you'll get moisture between the two and then they won't dry properly and they'll start to get a little bit of rot. Even though that gift shop beautiful piece, all the peppers are hanging down touching, those are made after the fact that they're dried.


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