How to Make Red Pepper Flakes

Posted on 05 November 2017

How to Make Red Pepper Flakes

How to Make Red Pepper Flakes

One of our favorite ways to preserve our peppers is to make red pepper flakes. In this simple recipe, you simply dry or dehydrate your peppers and then grind them in a food processor or coffee grinder to create chile flakes (or chile powder if you grind them fine enough). It's super easy and is perfect for all varieties of pepper – you can make pepepr flakes out of super hot peppers like Bhut Jolokia Ghost Peppers, Dorset Naga Peppers, Carolina Reaper Peppers, Cayenne Peppers, Goat Horn Peppers, or any pepper you wish! 

  1. Trim the stems off the peppers, cut the peppers into thin strips – make sure to keep the seeds intact, those are the best part! Cutting into thin strips helps them dry out faster.

  2. Put the peppers into the dehydrator, arranging them so they're not touching and on one layer. 

  3. Dehydrate the peppers for 24-72 hours until they are crisp and easy to crush.

  4. Put the deyhdrated peppers into a spice grinder, food processor or coffee grinder and process in batches until the desired consistency. You can grind them into  coarsely for pepper flakes or for longer to make a chile powder. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated place, and wear a face mask and even goggles for super hot pepper flakes – the powder is quite an irritant as you may imagine! 

  5. You can store your red pepper flakes in an air-tight container, keep out of direct heat or sunlight for best flavor and shelf-life. Pepper flakes don't typically spoil, but they can lose their potency and flavor over time. 

Another Option:

Hang Drying Peppers for Pepper Flakes:
You can also dry your peppers by stringing them to hang to dry – simply thread the stems with a needle with a 20-inch-long length of dental floss or heavy duty thread, string them up and hang in a sunny window to dry. Once totally dry and crisp, remove stems then crush or grind as desired. 

How to Make Red Pepper Flakes

These dehydrated Purple Bhut Jolokia peppers above were grown from seed and have been dried to preserve for cooking and hot sauces in the winter (when we have more time!) We can also grind these down to make a powder or pepper flakes for use in sprinkling into recipes – a great way to add heat and flavor to any recipe!

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