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Steps to prepare smoked paprika at home

  Smoked paprika has become a staple in all kitchens, and is becoming increasingly popular and known in seasoning meats for added flavor. By continuing reading.

What is smoked paprika?

Smoked paprika is a red spice with a delicious flavor and moderate heat essential in all Spanish specifications.

Paprika is made from peppers smoked over beechwood

and then dried in the oven and then ground in the mill until it becomes a fine powder.

Uses of smoked paprika

The uses of paprika powder are numerous and here are the best ways to use it in Spanish recipes:

  • It is used to season white meat, and it is also added to eggs.
  • You can use it in leftover stews to add a nice flavor to them.

How to prepare smoked paprika at home

the components

  • Beech or oak wood.
  • Half a kilogram of fresh sweet pepper.
  • This amount makes approximately one-fourth cup of paprika powder.
  • If you want hot smoked paprika, use hot red pepper.
  • You can also use a yellow or orange pepper to add multiple flavors, feel free to do this step.

How to prepare

  • The first step to making your own paprika; You should wash the peppercorns under running water to remove dirt.
  • Then we dry it with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels or leave it in the air until it dries completely.
  • On a cutting board and using a sharp knife, remove the top of the pepper.
  • Then cut it in half, removing the white line and all the seeds inside.
  • If the bell pepper is large, cut it into four or eight parts.
  • If using hot peppers, wear gloves while cutting to prevent the heat from getting into your hands or eyes and causing an uncomfortable sensation.
  • After that, you can put the chopped pepper in a colander and sprinkle a little salt on it, put a bowl under it and leave it overnight to get rid of the water inside.

How to make smoked paprika in the oven

  • Soak the oak wood in water for a quarter of an hour, then put it in the smoker. If you don't have a smoker, you can use a charcoal grill.
  • Then we put the pepper pieces in the smoker basket and then put them on the grill over the oak wood, stirring occasionally, for at least three hours to add a smoky flavor.
  • Then we prepare a large tray, spread parchment paper on it, distribute the pepper pieces on it, and put it in the oven at the lowest temperature of about 50 degrees Celsius.
  • We leave it to dry and become crispy, and this may take at least five hours, so you should open the windows and ventilation centers because it emits a strong smell during the drying process.
  • You can also follow this step instead of the previous step, whereafter distributing it in the large tray, we put it in the sun for several days.
  • Bearing in mind that it should be brought into the house at nightfall so that it does not become damp.

Steps for grinding smoked paprika

  • Then we move to the grinding stage, where we put it in the grinder and grind it until it becomes a fine powder.
  • In the next step, we sift the dried peppers through a strainer and put a bowl under it.
  • Then pour the ground red pepper, stirring or using a spoon to drop the powder from the filter.
  • And if there are a lot of pepper pieces, you should grind them again until they become soft.
  • Thus, it is ready for use, and if you are one of the people who use it for the first time, you should add small amounts of it in the beginning and then gradually increase it to reach the right taste for you.
  • We store smoked paprika in an airtight container and keep it for about a year.

Why not try making smoked paprika yourself at home? Although it takes a long time to prepare, the feeling of accomplishment is pleasant, so why not give it a try and give it a try, we have presented you with the easiest way to prepare it simply and easily.


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