I had no idea what to do with the three cayenne peppers and 4 cooking peppers that I had (cooking peppers, by the way, was the name on the sign at the farm). My boyfriend suggested that I make crushed red pepper with it. How smart of him!
There is primarily one set of instructions repeated throughout the internet of how to make crushed red pepper: remove the stem, place peppers on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for a few hours on low heat to dry out. Then, crush them.
I didn’t want to have my oven on for a a few hours. It consumes energy and I had errands to run. So I did it a backwards.
First, I cut the stems off and then chopped them into 1 inch slices and threw them in the blender. A food processor would probably work better, but I don’t have one of those guys. I hit chop and let it go for a few seconds.
Second, I dumped the peppers out onto a baking sheet and spread them out. I set the oven to 150 and put them in. They stayed in there for about an hour. During this time I did leave and take Olive for a walk. When we came back in I could really smell the peppers. It was fantastic.
At the end, I scooped them all up and put them in a container. We haven’t used them yet but I want to use them in something plain so I can taste them. Something super, duper plain like butter noodles.
I would say I had a little less than a 1/4 cup dried pepper. For anyone looking to make a simple holiday gift that looks impressive, I’d give this a try.