How to make a Sriracha style pepper spice blend (StanRacha)

Tube of StanRacha powder
StanRacha powder

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Follow in instructions in the video below to see how to make a Sriracha style powder from frozen peppers. I call this StanRacha, the ‘Days Gone By’ blend because I used preserved frozen peppers that were over four years old.

This is a recipe and process for using vacuum sealed frozen pepper pods to make a sriracha type spice blend but could be adapted for any kind of pepper spice blend. This process could also be used from fresh pepper pods. You can adjust the recipe to taste of course, but this will give you a starting point. I also show tips on working with frozen peppers, how to dehydrate them and store for short term use and long term preservation.

For reference, here are the ratios I used, adjust according to taste:

Per 10 grams of dried peppers

  • 1/4 tsp citric acid
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp unrefined cane sugar

Items mentioned or shown in the video:
Pepper storage tubes – https://amzn.to/2laBT5U
Food dehydrator – https://amzn.to/2jN8v5n
Funnel – https://amzn.to/2lgkclD
Blender – https://amzn.to/2ldFTmc
Vacuum Sealer – https://amzn.to/2jNgUpp
Jar-sealer attachment – https://amzn.to/2lggTed
Weber Grill – https://amzn.to/2leF4tt
Charcoal Chimney – https://amzn.to/2lgd2he

Other videos I’ve made on pepper food preservation:
How to dehydrate peppers and make powder – https://youtu.be/7N8oyvRkkQ8
How to preserve peppers – https://youtu.be/thyMpy0xZiI
How to vacuum seal dehydrated peppers – https://youtu.be/VsHPi189TDA
Preserving dehydrated peppers long term – https://youtu.be/O32gsdaqpCk

Sriracha powder recipe

You can easily approximate sriracha sauce in powder form, following this method. Adjust the ingredients to taste. This was inspired by Khang Starr’s sauce recipe.

Ingredients

  • Dried peppers, a mix of mild, medium and hot. One should a red bell pepper or similar, some habanero level and a few super hot. Estimate 5-6, mild to medium heat, 7-8 hab level, and 3-4 super hot, plus the 1 red bell.
  • 1/2 tsp -salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp – sugar
  • 1 Tbsp – dried garlic

Process (I get commissions for purchases made through links. This is at no cost to you and helps support my site and YouTube channel.)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mortar and grinding using a pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, a blender will work fine.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

Watch my video below for a demonstration and tips on storage.

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.

Pepper Powder

Pepper powder is very simple to make. You first dehydrate the peppers, then crush them to the consistency that you want. For a very fine powder, using something like a smoothie maker (nutri bullet, nutri ninja, etc…). For more granular, flaky consistency, use a mortar and pestle. Powder/flakes taste better if the seeds are removed. For storing the bulk of your powder or flakes, it’s best to use a vacuum sealer. This will prevent the absorption of moisture from the air. Moisture will make the powder cake, and decrease the shelf life dramatically.

How to make pepper powder:

Dehydrating and storing basics:

Links to all the products I used or referenced in the videos:

Presto Dehydro dehydrator
Bella Blender
FoodSaver vacuum sealer
Jar Sealer – Make sure to get right size sealer for what you use. I’ve read that the wide mouth works better than regular. Wide mouth is what I use, have had no problems at all with it.
Storage tubes