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What is crushed red pepper?

What Is Crushed Red Pepper?

We’ve all used it before, whether at home, a pizza joint, or at an Italian restaurant: Crushed red pepper. It’s tasty, spicy, and a staple of the North American kitchen cupboard. But exactly what is crushed red pepper (a.k.a. redd pepper flakes)? What chili flakes make up the typical mix? And are there different varieties of  flakes?

The answers may surprise you. Let’s dive in.

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unique chili flakes

Unique Chili Flakes That You Won’t Find In Your Local Store

Every grocery store carries its red crushed pepper flakes staple, but what about different varieties of chili flakes? Chances are you won’t find anything else.

But there’s a whole wide world of chili flakes out there that really run the gamut from mild to spicy on the Scoville scale. If you love chili peppers, you’ll want to check some of these hard to find options out – all available online. They’ve got big flavor and (some) big heat. They’re perfect additions for your cupboard, and terrific ingredients for dips, barbecue rubs, pizza, snacks, Asian dishes, Mexican dishes, and more.

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Best ghost pepper hot sauce

Want The Best Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce? Five Top Options

Ghost peppers (otherwise known as Bhut Jolokia or Naga Jolokia) are some of the hottest peppers in the world. And a ghost pepper hot sauce? Well you can bet that’s going to follow suit. They are popular choices for their intense heat, but underlying that is a pretty flavorful pepper. So you may be picking up a bottle of ghost pepper hot sauce on a dare (or as a collector’s item), just don’t be surprised if you start using it more than you imagined. Remember, though, a little goes a long way when it comes to these extreme hot sauces. Approach with respect and dilute in foods as necessary.

Below are five of the best options you’ll find out there. Each has a distinction all its own and a load of positive reviews. Check them out.

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homestyle hot pepper jelly

Love Spicy And Sweet? Top Home-Style Hot Pepper Jelly Options

There’s just something about spicy and sweet. When together in a food, you’ve got something so complex, so teasing to your taste buds, that you can’t help but smile. That’s hot pepper jelly. It’s got the sweet fruit base, but within lies a little kick, sometimes a big kick to be honest. They are two different tastes that when placed together just work with all sorts of snacks from crackers to cheeses and sliced fruits.

Hot pepper jelly is a popular artisanal product. You can find lots of homemade, small batch options out there that just taste like heaven. You may be able to find them at a local farmer’s market, but if you can’t there are a many home-style hot pepper jellies available online. Below are five of our favorite that have that made from scratch flair.

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Contenders for spiciest hot sauce

Five Top Contenders For Hottest Sauce In The World

With the five hot sauces we cover here, it’s not just hottest sauce in the world contention, it’s hottest sauce in the universe territory. These are some mighty spicy products below, not for the timid taste buds out there. All of them are born from the upper end of the Scoville scale, 400,000 heat units and above! That’s hot.

But if you’re one who relishes the heat, that takes a bite and says “Please sir can I have some more?” with zest, then these hot sauces should be on your radar. Take a look.

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