Hello hello! Here today with an easy tutorial on making your own chili pepper flakes or powder! It couldn’t be simpler. Well, it probably COULD be simpler, but I mean, it’s really easy.
So first, you need some dried chilies. I planted a whole bunch of different pepper seeds two springs ago, and I ended up with half a garden full of weird peppers that I had no idea what they were. I had planted some red chili seeds I saved, and from them grew a random assortment of peppers.. it was strange. But anyway, some of them were jalapenos, which we used, some we used green, an a bunch of the red chili looking ones I let sit on a plate until they dried up. You could also a)buy dried chilies, or b) dry your chilies in the oven at a super low temp for a couple hours. Or do it the lazy way, stick them in a corner and ignore them for over a year and a half, until you decide TODAY IS THE DAY! to do something with them.
Dust your chilies off with a paper towel if they’ve been sitting for a year and a half. Then cut off the tops. Because I just let mine dry naturally, I lost a couple to mold over the many months they sat, and as I cut off the tops I found a few had mold inside of them. Then decide on your preferred chopping method. I started with my handy Kitchen Aid chopper, and it didn’t quite get the bits as small as I wanted. So I dumped the (very potent smelling) crumbs into my NutriBullet with the milling blade. You can see the results below.
So, as you can see, the milling blade made it ALMOST into chili powder! In fact, had I seeded it, that’s what it would be. Hubbins pointed out that I could have used a morar and pestle, which would have been very traditional I suppose and felt super earthy and totally self-sufficient (I mean, what’s more back-to-basics than using a rock to bash up your home grown peppers?!), but I have had this project on the back burner for waaay too long now, so I did it the fast way. Also he suggested it after I was done. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, here’s a side-by-side comparison of store bought and home made pepper flakes!
You can see that mine is much more powdery, but it has a lovely intense pepper smell and I’m happy with it! I still have tons of pepper seeds saved so I think I’ll try to get a bunch going again this year and maybe sometime in the winter of 2019 I’ll be making more! Also, clean baby food jars make super-cute little spice jars!
Oh. By the way. Probably a good idea to wash your hands after you cut the peppers and not just go fiddle with the computer and then absentmindedly touch your face and mouth. Not from personal experience. Just sayin.