Whole dried cayenne peppers are extremely versatile and should be part of every kitchen. Cayenne peppers are of medium spiciness, ranking on the Scoville index between 30,000 and 50,000 units. They have a distinct flavor that is immediately noticeable in any dish and can be used in a variety of dishes, whether to add flavor or to add spice (or both).
Whole dried cayenne peppers can be used to add character to a variety of dishes. They can be ground to make cayenne powder. From here, simply add ¼ teaspoon to your meals to add a little kick (or add as much as you heart desires, and your tongue can handle). They can also be used to make chili oil by simply simmering in oil for a period of time until the oils of the chili mingle with the oil in the pan. They can also be used to make hot sauce which is something many people are attempting in their own home (to great success).
Store in a cool dry place. Keep in fridge once opened.