Drying Cowhorn Peppers

dried cowhorn pepper

These cowhorns were picked at the green stage, they’ll turn red if you leave them on the plant longer. My pepper plants had stopped setting blooms so I picked the existing fruit to get my plants blooming again. Hopefully, I’ll have at least one more crop of peppers before cool weather sets in.

So you planted cowhorns this year and now have a plethora of peppers! You’ve used them fresh in salsa and sauces, stuffed and baked them, pickled them and still have a few left over?

red cowhorn pepper flakes

Dry them on a parchment lined baking sheet at low temperature. I use 185 degrees Fahrenheit on the convection setting and have dried peppers after about an hour and a half. If you don’t have a convection setting, up the temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t go too much higher than that or they’ll burn.

dried cowhorn peppers

Once they are dried and cooled, store them whole in the freezer for up to one year. Or, break them up and place them in the food processor or a spice grinder to make Cowhorn Pepper Pepper!

dried cowhorn pepper grind

cowhorn pepper flakes

If you leave the seeds in, use the ground pepper sparingly!