If you are looking to add a little spice, and maybe even heat to your pantry staples, look no further than cayenne and chili powder. Their warm, fragrant aroma and deep color can bring another level of flavor to almost any dish.

You’ll find, when looking through your Fresh 20 menus, that these two spices can be used together, or separately. There’s a difference in what each spice can do, when added to a dish. We’ll clarify the differences between the two.

Cayenne–made from dried, pulverized fruit of one or more different kind of chiles. Cayenne pepper most often make up the cayenne spice, along with ancho chiles. Often associated with bring a little ‘heat’ to cooking.

Chili powder–a blend of spices that can be used to add layers of flavor, without adding heat. Most often a combination of paprika, ancho chiles, cumin, oregano, cayenne, coriander and garlic powder.

When shopping for cayenne and chili powders, the Fresh 20 recommends Penzey’s Spices. Be sure to store your spices in an airtight container, where they will last up to six months.

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