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Preparation Before You Eat Something Spicy

Preparation Before You Eat Something Spicy

There are probably thousands of people in America alone who love the idea of eating spicy foods, but don’t have the tolerance to endure the scorching aftermath.  If you are one of those people, read on – we have compiled some great tips to prepare you before and after eating a spicy dish.

Enjoying spicy food is all about experimentation.  There are so many different “types” of spicy cuisine i.e. Indian, Asian, African, Latin etc… that you really need to test your palette on different variations of spice in order to know your threshold and what you are capable of handling.

For starters, if your threshold for spice is BBQ chicken wings, then you need to start with something spicier, but not too hot.  Try out a small portion with a glass of milk near by.  It will probably take a few bites to get the full flavor and hotness of the food – so be sure you fully “taste” the food before determining whether it is too spicy for you.

As mentioned above, drink milk to subdue the spiciness if it becomes too intense.  One would easily think that a tall, cold glass of water should do the trick, but the reality is opposite.  Water will void the propriocepter in your tongue which results in zero relief of the heat!

Bread and solid foods are also great to absorb the hotness of spicy foods.

Once you get comfortable with a certain level of spice, move yourself up the spicy food chain and go for something a little hotter.  With some persistence, a glass of milk and some toast – you’ll be eating raw chili peppers in no time (or just enjoying the spice of life).


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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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