The Basics: Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


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Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

 Dried & crushed red chili peppers are used as a spice in many dishes as well as sparingly as a condiment. They include the fleshy portion of the pepper, the membrane & the seeds with the latter components holding a good deal of the heat. A variety of peppers are used to produce them that generally register on the Scoville Scale, a chart specifically designed to gauge the heat level of peppers, between 30,000 to 50,000 with cayenne & ancho being some of the most popular. Bell peppers fall at the bottom of the chart with a rating of zero while jalapeños can reach up to 10,000 & habaneros fall mid-range with a rating between 100,000 to 350,000 in comparison. Expect a medium range heat ideal for dishes including Classic Beef Pot Roast, Chicken Parmesan & Smoked Chicken. Learn how to use crushed red pepper flakes in your very own kitchen.

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How To Use Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Crushed red pepper flakes can offer instant heat to many dishes including pizza, Classic Bolognese & Spicy Baked Ziti. It’s often used in custom seasoning blends such as Tex-Mex-Steak Seasoning making grilled & smoked meats come alive. They can be quite spicy so a little often goes a long way which is certainly the case in Parsley-Garlic London Broil.

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Although a pinch will generally do the trick, particularly if adding crushed red pepper flakes to a single serving of soup, Italian specialties or sandwiches, it’s best to follow recipe instructions when adding them to dishes. A set of measuring teaspoons is the best tool to use as often times a 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes is all that is needed to offer a fair amount of spicy heat to recipes that yield two to four servings. 

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