Got a great deal on some fat, juicy, organic jalapenos. 2 lbs for a dollar. I will show you how to dry these and turn them into a spicy jalapeno powder. Step number one is to wash these little beauties. There are some safety tips we mush follow. I will put them in bold as I go along. The next step is to cut the ends off and discard and then cut these into slices. *Use Rubber gloves, and do not scratch anything that you do not want to burn safety glasses are also recommended* If you want it really hot, leave the seeds in, remove the seeds for a more gringo mellow version.
Next, spread these out on your dryer rack. *Do not dry these in the house, unless you want to wake up dead. Do them in the garage* Dry them until they are totally dry and crispy. Remove these from the drier and and get a coffee grinder ready. You could use a mortar and pestle or any other fancy grinding device.
Finally run the powder through a screen strainer. Whatever debris is left should be run through the coffee grinder again. You can do this 2-3 times and everything should grind up nice and powdery. *You may want to consider a dust mask, do not breathe this dust, and I recommend doing this in the garage, the dust will also coat your hands, do not scratch that itch* Making spices and homemade flavorings to store is easy and fun. Who said you cannot prep year around?