Red Bell Peppers can be very expensive! I use them in dip mixes, soup mixes, salads, and more. At the grocery store they can run $3 a piece to purchase! This past weekend I got them for a steal! I got a bushel of 28 peppers for a mere $18!!! That is about $0.65 each!! I've NEVER been able to get them for that price!! It was the end of the day and the farmers market was about to close, so I think I may have caught him off guard. LOL!! You really have to know how to work with the farmers to get the best deal. I often go back to the same places and buy in bulk as well (not just a small basket). To make matters worse, to purchase them dehydrated is really, really expensive. At MySpiceSage, red bell peppers are $10.50 for one cup!! The amount I got from the ones that I picked up yielded me nearly six cups of dried peppers!! AND, we didn't dry them all!! We used about 3 cups (before dehydrating) for recipes. Here they are!!
On the tray prior to dehydrating.
On the tray after dehydrating. YES, they shrink that much!! This was 12 hours at 135 degrees.
And in the jars!! Yep, 3 pints (nearly six cups!!)
So, don't hesitate to 'shop around' the various vendors at your farmers market!! Get the best deal, haggle, go back and promise to go back!! It helps everyone!! I frequent a small farmer from a nearby town at our State Farmer's Market (and I make sure he knows it!). Have fun cooking and preserving!!