There are some mighty big numbers on the Scoville scale. It ranges from a goose egg zero all the way into the millions. Each of those numbers is what’s known as a Scoville heat unit, but what does that mean? What exactly are Scoville heat units, and why can some of the hottest hot peppers account for millions of them?
No hot sauce brand comes close to Tabasco in terms of availability. Tabasco is everywhere – from supermarkets to major chain restaurants. But my favorite of the bunch isn’t the original (though that’s seriously tasty too). It’s Tabasco Chipotle sauce.
That smoky tang…it’s just right. If you like the earthy taste of barbecue and other smoked dishes, then you’ll want a bottle of this in your cupboard. Soon you may find that you’re putting a few drops of it in nearly everything. No kidding – it’s that good.
If you’re prone to acne, you may have noticed flair-ups after eating spicy foods like hot peppers. Are they linked? Does spicy food cause acne? Or is this simply a case of ill-timed coincidence?
Truth be told, the food itself typically doesn’t cause acne, but the side effects of eating spicy foods like hot peppers certainly increase the chances of a breakout occurring. That’s especially true if you’re not used to eating spicy foods.
Chili peppers are well-known for how healthy they are. It’s all about that magic compound capsaicin and what it can do, from natural pain relief to boosting your metabolism and a whole lot more. Many people, in fact, take cayenne pepper pills to get the benefit of capsaicin without having to eat chilies in their meals, and there are many positive reviews on the results reported on sites like Amazon.
But what’s it like taking these pills or cayenne pepper capsules? Is there a taste? A sense of heat? A quick boost of energy? Other side effects? Well, each person is different, but I’ll lay out what it’s been like for me. From there, you can decide whether it’s something you want to give a try. Out the gate, I’ll say it’s definitely been overall positive.
So you’ve gotten into making your own hot sauce? That’s a totally fun way to explore the pepper scale, and pretty easy too. But after you’ve mastered that perfect homemade blend, what are your best options for storing it and showing it off?
There are quite a few purchasable hot sauce bottles out there you can use, plus a few storage options you may not have considered. What’s best depends on your style and where you plan on showing off your blend. Take a look at five top options below – all work well, but each excels in its own way.
Sure there are some amazing hot sauces that you can buy, many from your local store and a whole lot more online. But how about making your own? How about crafting a hot sauce with the ingredients of your dreams? It’s easier to do than you may think.
Here’s a primer on how to make hot sauce, including the kitchen tools you need, the types of cooking steps you’ll take, and the best ways to keep your newly concocted hot sauce fresh as can be. Ready? Let’s make something wicked hot…
If you’re watching your weight, it’s an easy decision to bring more vegetables into your diet. And bell peppers are one of the healthiest choices of the bunch. These are vegetables rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and beta-carotene, but what about the calories? How many calories are in bell pepper?
That may surprise you – the answer isn’t as cut and dry as you may think. It all comes down to maturity and sweetness, and you can gauge that (to an extent) by color.
You have to love it when life introduces you to something spicy that you can’t get just anywhere. While staying at the beautiful Grand Isle Resort on Great Exuma in the Bahamas, I had a little adventure this week that … Read more
You’ve probably come across that bottle of Sriracha in your cabinet or fridge a few times and wondered what else you can do with it other than spicing up a few staples. Well, there are lots of really kicking Sriracha recipes out there, and if you’ve got any basic cooking knowledge, you can create some pretty amazing dishes that use Sriracha sauce as an ingredient.
Here are our two favorite Sriracha cookbooks – one for the meat eaters out there and another for those that like things totally vegetarian (and both from the same author.) You’ll definitely find more than a few recipes in each that’ll fill your spicy food craving in creative culinary ways.
Sure anyone with a love of chili peppers has likely tasted Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, but do you know what peppers are in there? The Sriracha label says the generic “Chili” which, any lover of spicy foods knows, opens up a wide world of what it hot pepper it could be.
Let’s take a look at those Sriracha ingredients and get a better understanding of what makes this popular hot sauce tick. There’s a surprising hot pepper behind the heat that many people don’t realize exists.