Making your own chili powder is easy and home made is always better than store bought and here is how. The most inexpensive way to get your chilies is to grow your chili plants or get them in season from farmer’s market or grocery store. The chili powder should last
you until next growing season if you are in the Mid West. If you have an inside garden, you can make it all year around.
How To Make Your Own Chili Powder – What You Will Need
Chili powder has a shelf life of at most six months and that is in an air tight container away from heat and light. To make your own chili powder you will need: rubber or latex gloves, cookie sheet, knife, food processor or coffee grinder, air tight container, chilies and other desired spices. You can use dried or fresh chilies. Always use gloves when handling chilies. You can choose the chilies that you like best and mix other spices in to taste and create your own unique chili
powder to enjoy.
Drying And Grinding The Chilies
If you use fresh chilies, then you will need to dry them in the oven. The easiest way that I have found to dry them is to cut them length wise, stem and seed them. Flatten them on a cookie sheet and bake them in about a 300 degree oven. If you have small chilies, it may take only 5 minutes or so, for larger ones it should take 9 or 10 minutes. Make sure that the chilies are somewhat pliable. Chilies that snap into a million pieces at the slightest touch are cooked way too long.
When you take the chilies out of the oven, they will cool quickly. Make sure that they are completely cooled before you grind them in the food processor or coffee grinder. Grind the chilies into powder, mix spices in if you like such as cumin, coriander, paprika or even cayenne. Then store in an airtight container away from heat and light. The yield will depend on how big your chilies are.