Dehydrating Goji Berries

I planted my goji berry 3 years ago, and it’s since spread to cover 24 feet along my privacy fence. The berries start ripening in August and and in about a month they are coming in fast enough that I can begin dehydrating batches for use in winter. They aren’t exactly my favorite berry, but I nibble on a few most days on my way into the house each evening and will be using them dehydrated in smoothies and yogurt, to flavor water, and in teas.

Paprika

This year I wanted to try growing something fun. I chose a variety of Paprika Peppers from Baker Creek and started seeds for 3 plants to try it out. When they had all turned red I seeded them and put them in the dehydrator at 125 for 24 hours.

Once completely dried, I used a coffee grinder to powder them. I got just short of 2 ounces by volume. ┬áTa-da! That’s all there is to making your own paprika powder. I think it’s super cool to be able to grow one more thing for the spice cabinet.