How to Make Cayenne Pepper

You can make your own cayenne pepper at home if you've had a bumper chilli pepper crop.

Ingredients

  • 25g red chilli peppers
  • 7.5g salt

Steps

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    Buy the peppers from a store or harvest them from your garden.
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    Remove the stalks from the chili peppers.
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    Dry the chili peppers in a slow oven (around 150ºC, or approximately 300ºF) until crisp. Keep a regular watch on their progress so that you will know when they have dried.
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    Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
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    Place in a mortar and pestle with the salt. Pound the chili peppers and salt together until you get a powder.
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    Store in an airtight container. Use as required, in recipes that call for cayenne pepper.

Tips

  • Remember not to touch your face, especially the eye and mouth areas when making this preparation.
  • Keep the oven door closed while cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Baking tray
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Clean and dry air-tight container

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Categories: Herbs and Spices