Food is a wonderful thing. It can be used to bring huge groups of people together. And, it can be used as a way to escape the crowds. Most people enjoy trying new foods and experimenting with what they already like. But, too few people are willing to venture too far from what they know. Usually, this will mean missing out on things like hot and spicy food; which is a shame, because these foods are great. To help you out, this post will be teaching you a thing or two about fiery food. So, next time, you can try the curry or stew you used to be afraid of.
To start, it’s important to understand the different degrees of spicy heat you’ll find in different foods. Thankfully, a standardised measurement already exists for this; and, it’s called the scoville scale. For example, a Chipotle pepper will come in at around five to ten thousand scoville units. This sort of pepper is relatively mild; with some coming in much higher. When you first start out with spicy food, it’s best to start low on the scale. Over time, you will become resistant to the spice. And, eventually, you won’t even notice food that sits lower on the scale.
Now, it’s time to consider the way that you will be consuming your heat. One of the best ways to do this is with sauces. Chilli sauce is made from peppers which have been concentrated to give a consistent and regular flavour. This means that they will provide the same level of heat each time you eat them. And, they won’t differ from bottle to bottle. A lot of people like sauces because it gives them the power to control their heat level. One of the hottest sauces in the world is Tom’s Hot Sauce. Made from Carolina Reaper peppers; this sauce has around one million scoville units.
Some people prefer the more natural route to their heat, though. And, this is where peppers come in. Peppers are the main unrefined form of hot sauce that you will find. And, they can be found everywhere. The hottest pepper in the world is the Carolina Reaper. Eating this beast will expose your mouth to over two million scoville units. This sort of pepper is not to be played with unless you are a seasoned veteran. Misuse could result in some very unpleasant trips to the toilet.
As mentioned above, over time, you will begin to get used to the heat of your food. But, of course, this won’t come easy. When you first start, it can be very hard to know how to control the heat. A lot of people drink water to ease their pain. But, this usually makes it all the worse. Instead, it’s better to drink milk. Milk will calm down the burning and make life much more pleasant.
Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of the hottest food out there. And, it should also give you some newfound respect for this sort of food. A lot of people happily munch down peppers without any care. But, do this with the wrong plant; and, you’ll have a nasty surprise.