Did you know you can grow and make your own paprika? Paprika is made from dehydrated peppers and then crushed into the powder that you would buy in the store. We made our own paprika for the first time last year, and when we started using it in our cooking I was amazed at the taste difference. Most people know that home grown is normally better than store bought, but I figured this spice would be pretty comparable (BOY WAS I WRONG) and was just doing it for fun.
I purchased our paprika seed from here in 2015. We grow these peppers along side all our other peppers and once they are red, we harvest them and start making our powder.
You take these wonderful peppers, a pair of gloves, and a knife. Go ahead and put on those gloves. Chop open those peppers, and deseed the peppers. Once they are halved you can then place them on the dehydrator trays.
Once the peppers are dehydrated (I usually just let the dehydrator go overnight), you just blend them into the size you want the particles to be. You can grind it through a coffee grinder if you want it very small, or you can do what I do and just put it through your blender or ninja in my case.
As the pepper plant grows throughout the season, I keep on dehydrating when I get about 15-30 peppers, and do this process until the last pepper is picked. We have about 4 pepper plants to keep us stocked with paprika powder throughout the winter. Got to love home made paprika powder.
What herbs and spices do you gather for the winter? Comment below ⇓