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Oct 26, 2010 12:57 PM

"Crushed Red Pepper Flakes"

Those little jars in the spice aisle of the supermarket -- what kind of peppers do you think they are?

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  1. Cayenne, I've always thought. Erroneously, perhaps.

    1. Unless specifically labled a different type of pepper, the standard is cayenne

      1. I hope it's cayenne, because I grind them up whenever I need the ground cayenne in cooking and spice blends.

        1. its usually a combo of a few different types of dried peppers, but yes cayenne is one of them

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          1. re: LongIslandChef

            Interesting. I would have thought they were dried cherry peppers.

          2. They USED to be cayenne. Whatever they are now, they're nowhere near as hot as they used to be.

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            1. re: ZenSojourner

              Zen, some sources like Penzeys offer different varieties of crushed red pepper based on scoville level. maybe try them?


              or just look for a bottle or package that contains a higher proportion of seeds :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                "Crushed Indian Red Pepper (40,000 heat units) "

                NOW we're talkin', LOL!

                If I sprinkle the typical stuff you get in local grocery stores on heavily, I can start to taste it - but it gives the pizza an unpleasant dry flaky texture. I'd rather use fewer flakes to get that heat I crave.

                  1. re: al b. darned

                    "Crushed Red Pepper 60,000 Heat Units"


                    Ye be pleasin' me inner pirate!

                    1. re: ZenSojourner

                      There are many hybrid Cayenne Peppers, I use "Ristra hybrid Cayenne from Burpee Seed Co. dry them and crush as fine as you like. When the next year's crop is ready to dry,(after a few fresh are used in Abruzzo style dishes) I throw out the previous year's remaining crushed