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kingkoch42
11-04-2013, 04:27 AM
Smoked, dried piment d'Espelette chilies

Since it is the season, I prepared some piment d'Espelette for later eating.

I cut the chilies in half got rid of the seeds and rubbed them with sea salt.
After 48 hours, I rinsed and dried them.
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Air drying after rinsing and wiping dry:
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I then cold smoked them with Oak for 2 hours at
Minimum temp : 71°F,
Maximum : 86°F,
Average : 79°F.

In the cold smoker (while I was at it I decided to smoke a little garlic too):
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Done smoking and ready for the dehydrator (only did the chilies, put the garlic in the EVOO right away) :
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Decided to spread them out a little
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The garlic in the EVOO (waiting for the chilies to dehydrate):
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m634/kingkoch42/Espelette%20Chilies/Smoked%20and%20dried/2013-10-31/100_2609_zpsd0908a60.jpg (http://s1135.photobucket.com/user/kingkoch42/media/Espelette%20Chilies/Smoked%20and%20dried/2013-10-31/100_2609_zpsd0908a60.jpg.html)


Dried for 15 hours at an average of 14°C (≈ 57°C). I had to dry them longer than usual – it rained all the time and I was running with a 92% ambient humidity !
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Cut up and ready for the EVOO:
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m634/kingkoch42/Espelette%20Chilies/Smoked%20and%20dried/2013-10-31/100_2611_zps0b4e3daf.jpg (http://s1135.photobucket.com/user/kingkoch42/media/Espelette%20Chilies/Smoked%20and%20dried/2013-10-31/100_2611_zps0b4e3daf.jpg.html)

Garlic and chilies packed in the EVOO and ready to be stored in a cool dark place for a couple of months:
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m634/kingkoch42/Espelette%20Chilies/Smoked%20and%20dried/2013-10-31/100_2612_zpscdc9fe60.jpg (http://s1135.photobucket.com/user/kingkoch42/media/Espelette%20Chilies/Smoked%20and%20dried/2013-10-31/100_2612_zpscdc9fe60.jpg.html)


This is a "all benefit" thing, once I finish the chilies and garlic, I keep the “spiced” oil to drizzle on pizza before serving. The Pizzerias here add herbs in their oil but I prefer it this way. Just cannot wait !

Thanks for looking.

tomshoots
11-04-2013, 06:24 AM
That's a purty jar there Cal!:thumbs up::thumbs up:

BYBBQ
11-04-2013, 08:45 AM
That's a purty jar there Cal!:thumbs up::thumbs up:

:whathesaid:

PigCicles
11-04-2013, 11:09 AM
:wow: I bet it is excellent on pizza or just about everything else. Thanks for sharing your steps with us. I gotta break out the dehydrator and give this a go. :Drool2:

californiasmokin
11-04-2013, 02:31 PM
Very nice!:thumbs up:


It is neat to do your own stuff!