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Q.What Is the Best Way to Store Fresh Ground Dried Chili Peppers?

Zone 5 | Sues added on July 18, 2013 | Answered

I had a bumper crop of hot peppers last year and in order to keep them I dried and ground them. Been using them sparingly as I had so much and when I went to use more of the jalapeno pepper, there were moths and larvae inside the container. As I checked the other containers, they also had the same bugs. I had them stored in air tight tupperware containers. The only peppers that didn’t have the bugs were the habanero, which was actually stored in a plastic sandwich bag. Any idea as to why this happened?

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Answered on July 19, 2013

Try drying the peppers in a 200* oven. That temperature will kill eggs and pathogens left after washing. Keep in airtight containers and in a dark place after grinding.

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