How do you convert dried cayenne pepper measurements to fresh cayenne peppers?

If I need one teaspoon of dried cayenne pepper, how many will I need for fresh chopped cayenne pepper? Is the powder more concentrated?

Mary Ellen
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Mike November 1, 2020
Don't forget the #1 rule with your dried spices.
On 99.9% of PRESERVED
foods... CANNED, etc.
you ignore the
" expiration " date. That means that the best flavor of this item is going to start going away.
It's still safe to eat.
Will taste good.

BUT... Your SPICES??
Whole seeds will last.
Just like whole nutmeg.
But once you grind your spices.. there's a 6 month shelf life.
Sure.. they'll taste ok... but just compare a halfyear old bottle of..
Cayenne... to a new one..
And, of course.. it's always better with fresh.
Use dry to marinate
Add the same herbs, FRESH...
10 minutes before serving...
 
Nancy August 22, 2014
Dried spices are usually 3-4x the intensity of fresh. So make up about 1 Tbsp (3 tsp) chopped fresh cayenne and add it gradually, to taste.
 
Meaghan F. August 21, 2014
Yes, dried spices are almost always more potent than their fresh counterparts. Fresh spicy peppers are particularly tricky because the spice can vary from pepper to pepper. It's difficult to give exact advice without knowing what you're making, but you might consider putting the peppers into your dish whole, tasting regularly, and pulling the peppers out when you get to your desired spice level.
 
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