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How can you make a sauce less spicy/hot?

Sometimes when I'm making a sauce or soup that needs to be a bit spicy, I have no troubles spicing how I want to. But if the dinner party is a bit late, or I made the sauce in advance to really draw ...
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Counteract the negative effects of spicy ingedients with other ingredients

I love spicy foods. Anything with ghost pepper is going to be gobbled up instantly. I however do not like the negative effects when it comes to getting rid of the waste. Is there anything you can ...
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How can I wash down spicy food?

Say, for example, I eat a very spicy jalapeno and I have a burning sensation in my mouth and throat. Are there any foods or drinks to wash that away?
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“Indian Spicy” vs. “Thai Spicy”

What ingredient(s) make the spiciness from Indian food distinct from the spiciness of, say, Thai food? Indian good seems to have a longer, slower burn, rather than a "sharper" spiciness of Thai. I ...
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Is there a spice that is hot and colorless?

I want to prepare a drink that is hot (spicy) but I don't want to use regular hot sauce because it will affect the color. Is there anything like "clear" hot sauce?
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Substituting Peppers

What pepper can be substituted for a habanero when no habaneros are available?
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Tabasco flavor without pain?

I love the strong flavor of buffalo wings, Tabasco, etc. Are capsaicinoids integral to this flavor, or can the "heat" be removed. I guess I'm not a fan of my mouth burning for considerable periods ...
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What are some good spices to marinade and season baked hot wings?

I've gotten pretty good with baked hot wings, and I'm trying to create an even better taste through seasoning or marinading. Right now, I use salt, pepper, butter, Tabasco sauce, and tons of Frank's ...
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How to choose fresh, ripe (hot) jalapeños?

When shopping at a supermarket or a farmers market, how can I tell which jalapeƱos to take home? I want them hot and ready rock that very day. Do they get hotter off the vine? Is a ripe jalapeƱo a hot ...
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How does one tell if a jalapeno is spicy?

It seems like it is always hit and miss when it comes to eating jalepenos. What are some ways to tell if the jalapeno is hot or not, besides tasting it? Thanks.
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Is there a “safe” way to cook ghost chili?

I may want plant some ghost chili pepper, but I am afraid it will be too hot to eat. Is there any safe method to prepare/cook ghost chili which will not reproduce insanely hot heat from the throat to ...
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What is the world's hottest pepper?

I'm growing some bhut jolokia peppers, and they are almost ready for harvesting. However, I've since seen that the naga viper pepper has beaten the bhut jolokia as the hottest pepper. I've also seen ...
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Is wasabi considered to be spicy or to be a spice?

I was just talking to a friend about what to eat for dinner and he said he didn't want anything spicy. He then mentioned that Japanese food doesn't have anything spicy and I said "Wasabi". ...
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Reduce hotness of beef Jerky

I made some beef jerky with Maddog 375 hot sauce (generously poured into the marinade). It's ridiculously hot and basically unedible (I can eat it but just slowly). This kinda sucks because I don't ...
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Making Medium-hot Mexican Sauces

Thanks to the book Truly Mexican, I've recently gotten into making cooked Mexican sauces like Adobos, Moles and Pipians. However, my sweetie is unable to tolerate anything above a mild zing in hot ...
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How would I add heat to a brine?

I am interested in making roast chicken with a bit of a kick. I'm thinking about adding heat to the brine, but I'm not sure what the best way of doing that would be. How would brine work with hot ...
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Why did my coppa get spicier after being microwaved?

I wanted to put some spicy, crispy, crumbled coppa over a pasta dish. I put it in the microwave and it crisped up very well. It was however much spicier after cooking than before. Why did it get ...
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Chili with bitter aftertaste and not enough kick

I cooked chili using the following ingedients: Oil for sauteing 1.5 pounds beef, minced 1 large white onion, finely chopped 1 red bell peper, diced 1 orange bell pepper, diced 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 ...
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How to increase spiciness without abusing hot spices?

It's easy to make food more spicy by dumping a bag of ground hot pepper in it, or adding a pound of sambal, or pick one of the capsaicin concentrates and add a few drops. I'm interested though in ...
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Which type of chilli peppers for which cuisine?

Indian food typically calls for chilli powder, what I believe is called cayenne pepper in other parts of the world. Preferring spicier flavors, I find myself adding a pinch of this to other dishes ...
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Do chile peppers heat vary depending on the season?

I found a great recipe for Chilles Rellenos - the first time I made them - they came out perfect. I used pasilla Peppers and the spice/heat was just right. Since then, I have not been able to ...
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What hot sauce should I use for Buffalo wings sauce?

After watching "The Wing and I" in Good Eats and being the one that always ordered Buffalo wings (I no longer live in the US), I decide to give it a try. The recipe for the sauce is: butter garlic ...
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Oops! Too much hot pepper. Now what? [duplicate]

In my home, we're not very fond of capsaicin, and I put too much crushed red pepper (the dry spice, bloomed) into a vegetable soup[1]. What can I do to remedy the soup? (Obviously, I can cook another ...
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Create hot “sauce” from capsaicin extract

There are a lot of hot sauces like "Blairs Mega Death" with more than 500.000 scoville heat units. However, they do have some odd taste, which I don't really like. So I'm thinking of creating a sauce ...
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Which Korean dishes are typically hottest?

For the typical palate of most people from English-speaking countries, just about all Korean food is spicy. But for those of us who love hot spicy food, I want to know if there are certain specific ...
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What kind of cooling garnish is like ice cream but doesn't melt?

In a related question, I asked about plating with bread for sampling chili. Here I need to find a cooling, as in take the heat off the capsaicin with fats, garnish. For this question I would like to ...
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What is the ingredient that gives a sichuan (szechuan) hot pot the mouth numbing experience?

I'm curious if it is from the Sichuan peppercorns.
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What To Do With Blueberry Hot Sauce

I bought some blueberry hot sauce while on vacation in Maine. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I have no clue what to pair it with. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Adding spiciness to indian curry at the end of cooking

When making Indian curries, I usually lightly fry the spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric, and kashmiri chili powder), as most recipes state that this is needed to get rid of the "raw" taste. Sometimes ...
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How is it that zinfandel can taste spicy?

How can it be that zinfandel wines taste spicy (hot?) I experienced this sensation for the first time recently, but never have sensed this before in cabernets, merlots, or other reds. Subsequently I ...
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Help in identifying a Thai condiment

At my favorite local Thai restaurant, they have a trio of spicy condiments available to add to your food. Of the three, one is chile-garlic sauce, one is a crushed dried red pepper of some kind, and ...
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Identify this unusual spicy appetizer

A friend of mine years back related a story about an appetizer that he ordered at an Asian restaurant that was apparently quite unusual. It was a bowl of something (possibly peppers or another ...
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Non-spicy flavors for a spicy-hot food lover? [closed]

For medical reasons, my friend who adores spicy-hot food, is trying to cut down. What can we do to food to make it taste "less bland"? Inspired by this post from a stranger
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How long will my pepper relish last, and how can I stretch it out?

Last year, I made a simple pepper relish out of some hot peppers that are grown on a local farm. The method I used was to saute the whole peppers for a short time in olive oil, then blend them in a ...
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Only the seeds of the habaneros I bought are hot - low quality, or simply the nature of chili?

I'm a newbie when it comes to any type of chili. I'm alright at eating food with chili, but don't really have any experience with using it. I bought the one I used at a local supermarket. I first ...
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Is it reasonable to expect “spiciness” to fry off?

I got in a "heated" discussion with my wife this evening about a fried turkey recipe that I want to try for Thanksgiving. It calls for: 1 cup of Creole seasoning 1/2 cup of black pepper 1/2 cup of ...
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Thai lava chili: how could I reproduce this?

I realize this is a bit off of a question, and I apologize if it's not all that great. But here goes. There is a Thai place near where I live that makes this amazing dish entitled "lava chili". It's ...
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Are “non-fat” condiments as effective as full-fat versions at reducing spiciness?

Nice creamy condiments are known to reduce the effect of spicy foods, such as sour cream on Tex-Mex food. I have a pretty low tolerance for spiciness, so I often need to put a glop or two of sour ...
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What common household drink will remove burning from mouth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cure for burns from hot peppers / capsicum oil? Ya, just ate something spicy and my mouth is on fire. I tried drinking water and that didn't help. I also tried orange ...
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I have an insanely hot pepper: now what?

Someone gave me a Trinidad Scorpion Moruga pepper: according to Wikipedia, it's the hottest one out there. At least, the person who gave me the pepper said it's one of those, and it certainly seems to ...
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Where can I purchase Banquete Chilero Sauce from Costa Rica in the US?

I have been to Costa Rica twice and I fell in love with Banquete brand Chilero Sauce. It is a hot sauce with a wonderful flavor but it has some fairly unique properties -- specifically that it is ...
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Reducing spice in sauce [duplicate]

How do you make already prepared sauce less spicy? I must have used too many hot chili peppers or cooked them too long. Is there something to off set it from being so hot? The sauce is for General ...