How to make your own Homemade Smoked Paprika using fresh paprika peppers. I tried to raise paprika peppers last few years and was unsuccessful in getting the plants to grow. This year hit the jackpot 6 healthy Boldog Paprika plants produced plentiful bright red peppers. This is blog and recipe how to make either smoked paprika or sweet paprika powder that tastes far better then store brands. Try this homemade smoked paprika in Hungarian Goulash made with beef and vegetables and potatoes.
Raising Paprika Peppers:
The Boldog Paprika Peppers become bright red color perfect to make homemade paprika. Native to Hungry these sweet taste when dried with just a small amount of bite on tongue. Making homemade paprika takes a little work and some time too dry and food process. But well worth the extra effort, homemade paprika tastes far better than most store vanities of paprika. The color alone is bright red after grinding them in processor.
Processing Paprika Peppers:
- Harvest Paprika Peppers when bright red color.
- Remove stem and cut Paprika Peppers in half lengthwise.
- Scrapping with spoon remove seeds and membrane from Paprika Peppers.
- Rinse paprika peppers with cold water help remove seeds and debris.
- Arrange clean paprika peppers on smoker rack if making smoked paprika
- Set-up smoker and soak wood chips apple wood or cherry wood chips in storage bag.
- Place paprika peppers into smoker to smoke a low heat 120 to 220°F
- Smoke paprika peppers on low smoke heat for 3 hours, adding extra wood chips every 20 to 30 minutes.
- Remove smoked paprika peppers from smoker.
- Transfer smoked paprika peppers to dehydrator racks.
- Place smoked paprika peppers into dehydrator set on 130 to 135 degrees and dry for 2 to 3 days.
- Remove dried smoked paprika peppers from dehydrator
- Process dried smoked paprika peppers in food processor like VitaMix until finely ground.
- Transfer ground smoked paprika to mortar and pestle for final mix and grind.
- Store in spice jars with tight fitting lids.
- Use smoked paprika in cooking like Hungarian Goulash or Chicken Paprika or sprinkle on any foods to give good color and smokey flavors.
Using Homemade Smoked Paprika:
Transforming the Homemade Smoked Paprika by using this sweet smoky profile in Hungarian Goulash. The flavor of this Goulash is a Beefy Stew with rich red colored that’s sweet Unami.