Homemade Red Pepper Flakes

Warning. This recipe is dangerous. You’ll want to wear a mask, glasses, and gloves (or wash your hands afterward). Truthfully, I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again. Despite the mask, I was still coughing from the hot pepper dust. Still, it’s nice to know you can grow and make your own red pepper flakes!

Step 1: Dry your Cayenne Peppers

This is rather easy. Wash your cayenne peppers, shake/dry them off, then spread them on a paper plate. They will shrivel up and dry over time.

Step 2: Remove the Stems

You don’t want to grind the stems. So remove them and the base that attaches to the pepper top.

Step 3: Grind your Peppers

Put your peppers in a food processor and process until they are the desired size. You will wind up with smaller and larger pieces. This isn’t an exact science. If you keep going, you’ll eventually get to cayenne pepper powder, like what you get in the store. But I like to stop at flakes.

Do not open the food processor until the dust settles.

I repeat…


Ignore this at your own peril.

Pro Tip: you can also hand-cut your peppers. They will crumble into pieces as you slice them.

And….that’s it! Put the peppers in a jar (I like to save old spice jars). I highly recommend using a funnel for this task.

Red pepper flakes are good on pizza and avocado toast. And knowing you made them yourself makes them taste better.

For real.

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