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    substitution for crushed red pepper?

    I love to use crushed red pepper but am not able to use it due to the seeds that are in it. Do you know of any substitutions I could use?
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    Hope this helps!

    From Cook's Thesaurus:

    red pepper flakes = crushed red pepper = pizza pepper Notes: These are dried cayenne peppers that have been crushed. They're often sprinkled on pizza to add heat. Substitutes: cayenne pepper (use less) OR chili paste (use twice as much)
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    This might be more effort than its worth. But if it is just the seeds that are the problem, you could buy a big bag of dried cayenne peppers, break the top off and dump the seeds out and crush whats left over. The seeds are pretty easy to extract from peppers like cayenne.
    Richard

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    You could soak the red pepper flakes in oil and then use the oil. Or buy some hot chili oil. I don't think it has any seeds, just the heat. a little bit goes a long way.

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    I agree with Richard; the seeds come of dried chilis so easily. Don't know how it would be without them though. ??
    Chili oil is good, but I guess it would depend on how you're going to use it. (I go through a LOT of red pepper flakes!)

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