The hanging string of cayenne peppers had decorated the house long enough. It was time to separate the flakes from the seeds and store them in jars. It was much easier than I anticipated. Most of the seeds readily fell out of the lightly crushed peppers and passed through the holes of a colander leaving most of the peppers themselves behind in the colander. The thoroughly dried and brittle chilis shattered with just a small pinch. Sure, some seeds remained behind in the colander and a few pepper flakes passed through the holes along with the seeds but I was impressed with how efficient and thorough the winnowing process worked.
I crushed the mostly deseeded chilis with mortar and pestle and packed the resultant flakes into shaker jars for storage and easy use.