I pickled some of them, used them in guacamole, made tacos and many other traditional dishes that call for hot peppers. I even placed a few in with my jars of pickled cucumbers for some added heat. Even after all that I still had several Serrano plants weighed down with beautiful peppers.
When I came across this idea for using them to create Crushed Red Pepper flake it was a real "ah-ha moment". Why hadn't I thought of that? I use crushed red pepper flake in so many different recipes that making my own seemed like a super fun idea.
|Such a beautiful vibrant red color!|
|I lined my sheet tray with aluminum foil to keep the|
peppers from sticking as they dried.
|After being dried the Serrano peppers still |
retain their color.
To create the finished product put the dried peppers into a food processor and give them a few quick pulses. Be careful about the pepper dust that is created when you do this as breathing that in can trigger watery eyes and burning just like touching your face with the raw peppers. Once the pepper flake is at the consistency you like, place it into air tight jars for storage. I like to use glass Weck jars. If you want to create a pepper powder (think Cayenne only with Serranos!) just keep on pulsing until you have a fine powdery end product. You could also use a spice/coffee grinder for this if you have one. If you want a more rustic texture you can also break them up in a mortal or pestle.
|A close up of the final product; I got enough from one batch |
to fill two cute little glass Weck jars.
I'm already planning out my garden for this Spring and am excited to grow different kinds of peppers to experiment drying. I'm interested to see what the heat levels are like in the final product depending on what kinds of peppers I use. I think the jars would make great hostess gifts too! I hope you will try this recipe and let me know how you use your newest homemade creation.