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Cayenne Peppers Cayenne Peppers: Dry Heat for Any Recipe or Hot Sauce

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Full of a dry, fiery heat, cayenne peppers are one of the hotter peppers that are common in American cuisine. Cayenne pepper can be found in anything from chili powder and red pepper flakes to pepper spray and herbal supplements.

With 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units, compared to 5,000 to 8,000 for the jalapeno pepper or 150,000+ for the habanero pepper, cayenne peppers sit squarely in the middle of the heat index. Because of its dry heat, cayenne peppers are best when used to add heat to dishes flavored by other chilies such as ancho peppers.

Cayenne peppers are a long and very thin pepper (about 4 to 5 inches long and 1/2 inch around) that matures to a bright red. Cayenne is very common dried and ground up in chili powders and hot sauces.

Learn how to properly use cayenne pepper in your cooking to create fiery dishes that your friends will love, from salsas to homemade hot sauce!

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How to Dry Cayenne Peppers

While cayenne peppers are great fresh, they are more commonly used when dried. You can normally find dried cayenne peppers at the grocery store or specialty stores but they are also very easy to dry yourself.

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