How to make your own hot pepper powder spice blend using a mortar and pestle

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Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle

Overview of the process

It’s easy to use a large, heavy mortar and pestle to grind out fresh pepper spice blends that taste great. All you need are dried peppers, and what ever herbs or spices to go with it. Put it all in the bowl and crush it up. I start by pounding, then grinding and cycle through until it is the consistency that I want.

I purchased my mortar and pestle at a local Asian market. The interior bowl is 6 inches in diameter. You can find a comparable sized mortar and pestle at Amazon.

To dry your herbs you’ll need a dehydrator. I use this cheap Presto Dehydro and it works great.

I usually just mix small batches that I can use and share. But if you made a lot that you wanted to keep long term, it’s best to vacuum seal it. I recommend using a Foodsaver sealer with a mason jar attachment. If you had to pick between wide or regular mouth, I think the wide mouth type work best.

Dried peppers and spices before grinding
Before
Peppers and spices after grinding
After

Video

Here’s a video I made showing step by step how to do this. I also share good tips on storing your blend.

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