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How To Handle Your Peppers

How To Handle Your Peppers

When a person thinks about chilli peppers, they immediately associate it with a burning sensation in the mouth – obviously if you eat something spicy, your mouth will burn – but many forget to realize that the oils and juices of the pepper can also burn your skin just as bad as your mouth.

If you’re unfamiliar with handling chilli peppers, here are a few tips to ensure you don’t wind up running around in circles with your eyes, mouth and fingers on fire:

  • Believe it or not, when professional chefs are working with peppers that are really hot, rubber/latex gloves are probably the best preventative solution.
  • Do not under and circumstance touch any part of your face.  This includes your eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc.  Should any of these more sensitive areas come in contact with the pepper – you will suffer.
  • Wash your hands and gloves with soap and water immediately after using or handling peppers.
  • If you happen to burn yourself with the pepper, think of it like any other burn!  Cold water followed by some aloe vera or burn ointment usually does the trick.
  • If you’ve consumed a massive pepper and your mouth is on fire, grab a chunk of your favorite cheese as the oils will help subside the burning effect of the chilli’s oil.

If up until this point you have been fortunate enough to never experience the burn from a really hot chilli pepper – you’re very lucky!  Peppers are such an integral part of cuisines all around the world, but if abused, they can pack quite the punch.  Handle your peppers and other spicy foods with care and you will enjoy the experience much more.


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Spice Up Your Cooking With Hot Sauce For Your Health

Spice Up Your Cooking With Hot Sauce For Your Health

Cooking with hot sauce or hot peppers can add an excellent flavor to nearly any meal and be a healthy alternative to cooking with other condiments such as creamy salad dressings or salt. Along with the numerous health benefits of spicy food it is a great way to add variety to your cooking and set it apart from the rest.

A couple things to know about cooking spicy food

You have some options. You can start with hot sauce or hot peppers. Hot sauce comes in a variety of heat intensities and flavors. It can be a great marinade, salad dressing, or accompaniment for many dishes. You can add it at any point during the cooking process and adjust during cooking for the level of spice desired. It is also nice to have the ability to add the complexity of flavor offered by many different hot sauces.

Cooking with hot chilies can be a little more complicated but it still isn’t rocket science. First you must decide between fresh or dried. Dried chilies can be rehydrated or used dry. Keep in mind that dry chilies are hotter than their fresh counterparts and smaller, do not let the size be deceiving. The smaller the chili the hotter and the drier the smaller. To rehydrated, soak for 24 hours in a cup of water.

Like hot sauce you can add at any point during cooking but the earlier you add the chilies the hotter the meal. You can remove the peppers after cooking to reduce the heat a little and not have the concentrated heat of the chili pepper.

To add the chili flavor but not the heat boil the peppers before cooking for a few minutes. The longer you boil the cooler the dish. Discard the water after boiling and add the chilies to your meal.

Take precautions when cooking to avoid contamination of other surfaces and do not touch eyes or other sensitive areas with your hands if you have capsaicin on them. It is also important to realize that if you burn hot peppers or hot sauce you can create capsaicin smoke which burns your eyes, and lungs. Think onion cutting on steroids and you will have a good idea of what it is like.

Heat can be added to just about any food and the great part about adding spice is that it usually means you are not only getting the benefits of capsaicin but you are also most likely avoiding the negatives of a less healthy alternative. Build your tolerance to hot sauce and add some spice to your cooking. Spice can add variety to your life.

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