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Parrotgal Apr 1, 2010 07:58 AM

I have a recipe that calls for dried ancho and guajillo peppers, so I bought a HUGE bag of each (the only thing I could find). A coworker tells me that you have to watch to make sure you don't get some kind of bugs. Does anyone know if this is true, and if so, how to prevent it? I wouldn't have thought dried peppers would be that appealing to any bug. I know it will take me awhile to use them. What should I do to best preserve them?

  1. Cherylptw Apr 2, 2010 04:48 PM

    Yes, bugs do get into them like they get into wheat products (flour, cornmeal, etc). I have some dried peppers in the freezer in zip top bags. I also have some in clean jars used from jelly, mustard, etc. I haven't had a problem with bugs getting into the jars.

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    1. re: Cherylptw
      toitoi Apr 2, 2010 05:23 PM

      I don't believe it's bugs getting into the jars, it's the eggs that already exist in the dried peppers, mushrooms, etc., when purchased. Their coming alive comes when the conditions are ideal for incubation.

      1. re: toitoi
        scubadoo97 Apr 2, 2010 07:07 PM

        Si si, senior

    2. scubadoo97 Apr 2, 2010 03:32 PM

      I have many bags of different dried peppers in the freezer. Will last a long time there.

      1. Uncle Bob Apr 1, 2010 10:18 AM

        Gallon Zip Lock

        Fun!

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          toitoi Apr 1, 2010 10:39 AM

          That's what I put the mushrooms in. Perhaps, I didn't seal the three bags completely after using some. But those critters got out. Ate their way thru the plastic?

          1. re: toitoi
            Uncle Bob Apr 1, 2010 11:00 AM

            Sounds like you brought the critters home with you form Chinatown! I use the Zip Locks to keep them out!! ~~ Never a problem....Yet! :)

          2. re: Uncle Bob
            BobB Apr 1, 2010 02:23 PM

            Ditto here. I've dried my home-grown peppers and kept them for years in ziplocks.

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            janniecooks Apr 1, 2010 10:14 AM

            It is true that dried peppers can harbor insects. Keep them in a sealed tupperware container so if insects do hatch they'll be segregated. I once traced insects in my pantry back to a bag of dried peppers. Getting rid of them was no big deal, but the ick factor was kind of hard to overcome!

            1. paulj Apr 1, 2010 09:23 AM

              I keep my dried peppers in a large plastic container ('tupperware'), and haven't had problems with bugs.

              1. toitoi Apr 1, 2010 08:41 AM

                Can't answer about dried peppers, but I can about dried mushrooms.

                Once, In Chinatown, I brought a number of different types of their bulk dried mushrooms. Bringing them home, I stored them in the cabinet in plastic bags. Infrequently, I used them. A couple of months after the purchase, I began having flying bugs coming out of said cabinet. They were from the mushrooms.

                Now, when I purchase them, they immediately go into the freezer, and I've never had that problem again.

                Suggest you do the same with the dried peppers.

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                  jacobp Apr 1, 2010 08:48 AM

                  Definitely freeze them. They can go from frozen directly into any dish you're cooking, or just pour hot water over the frozen peppers to reconstitute them.

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