Foodies Are Shocked To Learn What The Spice Paprika Is Really Made Of: ‘This Ruined My Day’
- The popular spice is made from dried and crushed paprika
- Hundreds say the knowledge has ruined peppers for them forever
Hundreds of people have said their “day was ruined” after learning how the spice paprika is actually made.
Australians were shocked to learn that the popular spice is actually made from dried and crushed paprika.
There are three different types of paprika – sweet, spicy and smoked – and all are made with different variations of paprika.
“They say never meet your heroes. I say never find out how your favorite spice is made,” said one man.
Hundreds of people have said their ‘day was ruined’ learning how paprika is actually made
Australians were shocked to learn that the popular spice is actually made from dried and crushed paprika. There are three different types of paprika, sweet, spicy and smoked – and all are made with different variations of paprika
Foodie Instagram page Nutra Organics shocked followers with the revelation.
“It was really shocking to learn that paprika is just dried and crushed red pepper. I don’t know why I thought there was a pepper tree somewhere,” they wrote on the page.
The seasoning, which is common in Hungarian and Spanish cuisine, is made by drying paprika and then grinding it into fine dust.
This fact shocked and confused many, hundreds admitted that they hate the vegetable but love paprika.
Many people have started making paprika at home using a dehydrator (pictured) or by cooking it over low heat in the oven
“This just ruined my day,” said one man.
“Stop this sorcery,” said another.
“I was years old today,” wrote another.
Foodies couldn’t understand how bell peppers come in different variations when made from the same vegetable.
However, the spice is made from a variety of different types of peppers, including hot chiles, poblano peppers, bell peppers, aleppo peppers, and more
How to make bell pepper at home:
1. Choose at least two large red peppers.
2. Peel the vegetables, remove the seeds and whites and cut into thin slices.
3. The slices should then be spread thinly on baking paper on a baking tray or dehydrator so that they do not touch each other.
4. The plate with pepper slices can then be left in the oven overnight on the lowest setting, with the oven door ajar. Or they can be dried in a dehydrator according to the machine settings.
5. Once completely dried out, the pepper should be removed from the oven and allowed to cool completely.
6. If there are large pieces, they should be removed or crushed manually.
6. The pepper can then be crushed with a mortar or an electric coffee grinder.
7. Next, store the spice in a cool, dark place in an airtight container, preferably one that is opaque to light such as a metal can.
8. The herbs can last six months to two years if stored correctly.
(Source: Jamie Geller)
Sweet paprika is a mild spice used in foods such as potato salad, hot paprika is often used to spice up meats and stews, and smoked paprika is used to add a mild smoky flavor to dishes.
Many people have started making paprika at home by using a dehydrator or by cooking it in the oven over low heat overnight.
The task has been described as simple, but time consuming, and the spice requires a lot of peppers for a small amount.
Two large red bell peppers only make about two teaspoons of paprika.