You'll know when your peppers are fully dehydrated as they will feel brittle when you touch them. There will be no flex or bend. They should 'snap' in half or apart when you attempt to bend them. Some peppers may be done faster than others; that's normally as just like humans, no two peppers are the same. Drying is an excellent way to preserve peppers. Dehydrating removes the moisture and concentrates the flavor and heat of the peppers. Dried peppers are very versatile. They can be ground into powders, or rehydrated to use in sauces, soups, stews, and chilies. Dehydrated Green Peppers, Capsicum annuum, are also called dried bell pepper, dried green peppers, or dehydrated bell peppers. These Green Bell Peppers boast a volatile oil content of approximately 3%, though they can go as high as 5% due to their concentration during the dehydration process. As a result, dried peppers have just as much of the capsaicin as fresh ones, just in a more concentrated space. So technically they tend to be hotter. But there's a twist. Sometimes the fresh pepper will taste hotter than its dried counterpart, even when comparing an unripened (and less hot) green chili vs. Even if you don't make dishes designed specifically for dried peppers, there are plenty of ways to add them to your regular repertoire. They can blend seamlessly into soups, stews, chili and tomato sauce. Use them to supplement, or star in, a meat or fish marinade. The drying process does extend the life of peppers considerably — they won't spoil as quickly — but they can lose their flavor even after you dry them if you fail to store them correctly. If you do store them with the right methods and in the right environment, they can last indefinitely.