How to Make Your Own Jalapeno Pepper Salt

24,146

60

10

About: Recently I read that there are over 60 million American households that participate in some form of crafting in a given year. Well, I am one of them . . . . . I love crafting !!! So please enjoy some of my...

Jalapeno salt is quite expensive, so I make my own. The following recipe yields approximately 6 shaker jars full of this wonder spice that I use it on everything from meats and eggs to vegetables; even popcorn

Step 1: Supplies

3 pounds of Hot Jalapeno Peppers (yields approximately 3/4 cup of pepper powder)

3/4 cup Salt

Food Dehydrator

Food Chopper (processor)

Gloves and Mask

Storage Vessels (i.e. shaker jars)

Step 2: WARNING and PRECAUTIONS

Hot peppers contain a chemical called capsicum. Capsicum is what creates the burning sensation in your mouth when you eat them. When preparing peppers with your bare hands, the capsicum can get on your skin and burn. You can also transfer it to your eyes or inhale it, which is extremely uncomfortable.

The best thing to do is to wear the appropriate gear (gloves and a mask). Even with gloves, be careful of touching your eyes.

I used a medical mask to protect my mouth and nose during the pepper processing, but this proved ineffective for the fumes penetrated the mask and got into my nasal passages and lungs and I started coughing uncontrollably. It even burned my face a bit. EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE TO SAY THE LEAST. Next time I think I'll use a ventilator mask.

I chose to dehydrate my peppers outdoors (which I suggest), but if you dehydrate your peppers indoors, keep area well-ventilated. Open your windows and bring in a portable fan or two to keep the air circulating to minimize the watery eyes and burned nasal passages.

Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching hot peppers.

Step 3: Preparing and Dehydrating Peppers

Wash the peppers with warm water and dry thoroughly with a cloth towel.

The peppers I used were very large so I cut them length-wise (in quarters) and placed them on the dehydrator trays with some space around each piece for good airflow.

According to the manufactures instructions, set temperature between 125 and 145 degrees (135 degrees worked great for me). Let the peppers lay in the dehydrator for 10 to 12 hours (mine took 15 hours), checking every so often to see if the smaller or thinner pieces have dried out. Larger pepper pieces may take a few additional hours to dehydrate.

As you can see, I dehydrated my peppers outside due to the extreme fumes.

Step 4: Grinding Dried Peppers

Properly dried peppers should be devoid of any signs of moisture or soft fleshiness. Fully dried peppers should be uniformly dry, slightly brittle, and have a tough skin.

Grind the dried peppers in a food processor or spice mill to create a pepper powder.

BE SURE TO USE A VENTILATOR MASK FOR THIS STEP. POWDER CAN BE EXTREMELY AIRBORNE

Mix or grind in salt and store your seasoning in shaker jars.

Step 5: Finished Product and Uses

Recipe makes six (6) shaker jars full of wonder Jalapeno Pepper Salt.

I use it on everything from meats and eggs to vegetables; even popcorn

ENJOY !!!

Share

    Recommendations

    • Organization Contest

      Organization Contest
    • Paper Contest

      Paper Contest
    • Warm and Fuzzy Contest

      Warm and Fuzzy Contest

    10 Discussions

    0
    None
    KarenK116TamiJ14

    Reply 1 year ago

    I don't see why not. Actually I think that's a great idea :)

    0
    None
    Scout59

    2 years ago

    If you remove the seeds, they will not be as hot. A much better pepper taste without unbearable heat.

    0
    None
    offseid

    2 years ago

    This looks so good! Now I need to find a way to dry these things and I'll try it!

    0
    None
    mindtesterdev

    2 years ago

    Try smoking the jalapeños with your choice of hardwood for a few hours before putting them in the dehydrator. it's awesome! I don't add anything, just hickory (Traditionally chipotle is pecan smoked jalapeños) smoked, dried, and ground in the shaker. I put it on everything.

    3 replies
    0
    None
    KarenK116mindtesterdev

    Reply 2 years ago

    WOW ! that sound delicious. I need to try that the next time

    0
    None
    mindtesterdevKarenK116

    Reply 2 years ago

    I'll have to try adding a little salt next time, just ground pepper tends to cake in the jar by itself.

    0
    None
    KarenK116mindtesterdev

    Reply 2 years ago

    I've never made it without adding salt but I bet it would tend to cake up in the jar

    0
    None
    Swansong

    2 years ago

    Looks good! I've never had jalapeno salt before. :)

    1 reply
    0
    None
    KarenK116Swansong

    Reply 2 years ago

    You need to try it!!! It is delicious and I use it on everything :)