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Thread: How do you convert red pepper flakes to powdered cayenne?

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    How do you convert red pepper flakes to powdered cayenne?

    I love the flavor, but don't like to bite into a red pepper flake. Anyone know the conversion to powdered cayenne?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctack2 View Post
    I love the flavor, but don't like to bite into a red pepper flake. Anyone know the conversion to powdered cayenne?
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    I know that powdered cayenne is just as hot as the flakes. I have enjoyed the aleppo pepper flakes from Penzey's. Northwoods is also good. I am all for flavor, but dislike added heat.

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    Are you asking how many teaspoons of Cayenne powder to a teaspoon of flakes?

    I never measure either, I go entirely by taste as the age of the spice affects the flavour. I also blend various pepper powders, such a Cayenne, Chipotle, Smoked Paprika, Ancho etc.

    I find using a variety of peppers gives depth of flavour without too much spice.

    You can also soak the flakes in one of your liquid ingredients and whiz it in the blender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctack2 View Post
    I love the flavor, but don't like to bite into a red pepper flake. Anyone know the conversion to powdered cayenne?
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    I'm not sure if this is what you are asking, but I agree that the pepper flakes are too big. I put the flakes in coffee grinder and it becomes a powdered spice.

    Note: I do not grind coffee in my grinder. I only use it for spices and seeds. A good way to clean it out afterwards is to grind some bread in it. The residue of whatever was ground the last time adheres to the bread, and it gets thrown away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JENNR8R View Post
    I'm not sure if this is what you are asking, but I agree that the pepper flakes are too big. I put the flakes in coffee grinder and it becomes a powdered spice.

    Note: I do not grind coffee in my grinder. I only use it for spices and seeds. A good way to clean it out afterwards is to grind some bread in it. The residue of whatever was ground the last time adheres to the bread, and it gets thrown away.
    I do the same, but I don't throw the bread away, I use it in meatloaf or stuffed clams, chicken rolls or pork chops, etc.

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    Thanks for the tip. My daughter recently introduced me to red pepper flakes on pizza, but I would prefer the powder.

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    You could also grind them up using a pestle and mortar, if you don't have a coffee grinder.
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    the mini Cuisinart works great to grind spices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman View Post
    You could also grind them up using a pestle and mortar, if you don't have a coffee grinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman View Post
    You could also grind them up using a pestle and mortar, if you don't have a coffee grinder.
    I use a coffee grinder to grind whole roasted spices. I don't see why you couldn't do that with red pepper flakes.
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