|Two peppers I dried last fall.|
|Discolored Left Pepper, Perfect Right Pepper|
It's easy to tell which of the two peppers dried properly. Just from looking at them. The discoloration on the pepper on the left shows that it was too moist during drying and instead of creating perfectly edible pepper deliciousness, it molded inside.
The difference is quickly apparent when you cut into the two peppers. In the pictures below, the discolored pepper is moldy and gray while the regular pepper has a dry, flaky texture and the seeds are healthy and mold free. Keeping your peppers in a dry place helps prevent this, but sometimes even minor differences in light/moisture can make a huge difference. In this case, these peppers dried inches apart, and one was fine while the other was useless.
|inside the discolored pepper|
|inside the good pepper|
Step 4: place in a sunny window and water occasionally. You can also make an indoor greenhouse really easily to encourage them to grow more quickly.