I too dry peppers and crush them and store in spice bottles that I have saved. I use the crushed pepper flakes you buy at the store for years, sometimes paying $5 for a single small jar. This year I decided to make my own. After they are crushed, I add them to just about everything.
I have dried my own hot peppers from the garden using a dehydrator purchased at walmart. Do this in the garage if possible. The smell will fill the house.
I have made pepper flakes with dried chili, jalepeno, habenero, etc. peppers. I just put mind in a blender & chop. I use parmesan cheese containers to store mine. I put a folded piece of plastic wrap between the lid & jar. I keep my different peppers separate except at the end of the year when there are just stragglers. Those are just marked 'mixed hot peppers'.
If you do decide to use the blender (maybe even the coffee grinder, never tried that) ALWAYS use a mask & gloves. I let the dust settle a bit in the grinder before taking the lid off, but you still get a lot of fumes & dust when pouring into bottles.
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I wouldn't try to "preserve" in oil, the oil can go rancid and leave you with unusable fruits. keep them dry and package them in small amounts.
to use in place of fresh, rehydrate by soaking in warm water til similar to fresh in feel and use as fresh. Backpackers do it all the time. since texture isn't a concern, (who eats fresh hot peppers whole and crispy anyway?) then go for it. the only thing that they might not work for is pickling. LOL That's why dried peppers are so common. people have been drying them and using them dried and rehydrated for centuries.
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Oh my, at least since they are dried they should keep awhile. I put one or two small dried peppers in some of my dill pickles, dilly beans, and even bread and butter pickles. i'm not a huge fan of hot peppers, but even I kind of like the kick they give the bread and butter pickles. If they are like the ones I buy from Penzey's they really will keep several years in plastic bags.
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