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Apr 3, 2014 07:27 AM

Help turning sauce into powder format

I have a chili pepper sauce that I'm trying to turn into a powder form.
Right now, I'm doing this with an oven and although it works, it's too time consuming. I've also tried a dehydrator but it takes too long and it's hard to remove the dried sauce out from it. Any ideas you might have would be greatly appreciated! I'm trying to make a lot of the powder easily and my way is not working out. Thanks so much!

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  1. I have done this with a dehydrator but you have to line the trays. I use parchment paper to line the trays and the dried sauce peels off easily then I grind it. I don't know that you'll find a faster way. It just takes time.

    1. I know nothing about freeze-drying but if I were on your mission, I'd start by reading up on that process.

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      1. re: greygarious

        This would fall into the "not cheap" category.

      2. If there is enough fat incorporated into the sauce you could use maltodextrin to convert into a powder

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        1. re: Flip

          I order some maltodextrin to test it out but I don't think there's enough fat to convert into a powder.

          1. re: mixiebug

            For maltodextrin to work, you need to mix it with something mostly or all fat, like an oil or a nut butter. Any liquid/water will make a nasty paste.

        2. What exactly do you mean by too 'time consuming'? Any way you try to dry a sauce is going to take a while. If your problem is that your process so far has involved too much work on your part, then there might be some easier way - but you'd have to walk us through your process. If the problem is that your sauce is a long time to dry out in the oven or dehydrator ... you're probably outta luck. Any affordable way you try to dry a sauce is going to take a while.