Sunday, July 25, 2010

TIPS - Red Pepper Flakes

On many occasions the direction in a recipe call for “red pepper flakes” well darn, ya’ can’t find ‘em. There’s crushed red pepper, powdered cyan pepper etc., but no flakes! Well here’s what ya’ do. Take yourself on down to a Chinese or Asian grocery store or market and buy a bag of died red peppers. The are very inexpensive less then a dollar, But they fill the bill.
When called for, take one or more of the peppers and cut carefully into about three pieces across the grain. Them take the pieces and shake out the seeds. Now you have the pepper - just hold it in your fingers and crush it. Voila red pepper flakes.
I know there are those who swear by the “whole” thing, but I just don’t like the texture of the seeds in an otherwise delicate dish.
When your done with them, seal the package and put it in the freezer for the next time. Why you ask, well in the really hot weather, you might find an infestation in the package. An ounce of prevention goes a long way .....Morg

4 comments:

  1. Now I know what to do with those dried out red chili peppers that I grew in my garden last fall. Thanks for the tip. :-)

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  2. Thank you. It came out of my garden.

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