A friend gave us a grocery bag of jalepeno peppers. They dry theirs and save the seeds to sprinkle on pizza. I recently purchased a food dehydrator and put it to the test with these.
Have you dried peppers? You can also string them up and hang dry. Some Ristras are sewn with a needle and others are tied together. Most of the ones I saw online were tied - possibly to keep the heat off your fingers. If you're cutting peppers, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. But if you get the juice on your hands, soap them up and rub a stainless steel spoon on your fingers and then rinse. Sounds ridiculous, but it removes strong odors (like fish or onions) and the heat from hot peppers.