Red Pepper Flakes

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This past year I accidentally planted two cayenne pepper plants in my garden (they were supposed to be habaneros by I mixed up the plants). Of course, they grew like weeds and I ended up with hundreds of peppers. I had no idea what to do. I made HOTS pepper relish and dried the rest to buy myself time.  I wasn’t up for the challenge of making hot sauce.

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It is now months later and I have dozens of dried cayennes. Honestly, they make great decorations, especially for the holidays. They stay bright red! We put a few in chili and a few in olive oil, but I had tons left. The only thing left to do: make red pepper flakes.

Red Pepper Flakes

You will need:
– Cayenne Peppers, dried (I used 75)
– Small containers
– Food processor
– Gloves and mask

Don mask and gloves. Please wear the mask and gloves – this stuff is POTENT. I was sneezing like crazy until I put a mask on. Ergo, these flakes are amazing.

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Pull off tops of peppers and discard (compost!)

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Break peppers in half and put into food processor.

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Blend until small flakes but not powder.

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Pour into small containers.

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Enjoy, my spicy friends! And go easy… these flakes are a bit more potent than the store bought variety. But they’re organic, have no additives and hardly cost a thing (especially if you grow your own!)

Cheers!
Bridget
XOXO

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