How To Make Pili Powder: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Pepper Powder Spice Packs

The following is a guide to powdering hot cayenne peppers, as shown by Omari, Zakina, Mama Yusufu, Bazu and myself.

Step 1: After harvesting hot peppers, lay them out in the solar dryer for 19-30 days to dry thoroughly (depending on the weather – rainier seasons require a few extra drying days)

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Step 2: Twonga the peppers (mash them until they become powder)

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Step 3: Wear proper protective gear – put on extra layers, gloves, and a mask. Goggles are also helpful. These peppers are no joke! They burn. Safety is important.

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Step 4: Because the peppers were mashed with both the seeds and stems, you must now sift the peppers to get a pure powder.

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Step 5: Use your hands to sift through and make sure all powder has been salvaged.

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Read our next blog post to learn more about properly packaging this powder and sending it to the markets!

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