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cooking with habaneros
« on: June 03, 2015, 03:41:01 PM »
I asked my wife to pick me up 1 habanero which will be thrown in a keg for about 3 days. She brought home about 8. I love spicy food but am afraid to cook with habaneros. Anyone have any usage recommendations? Should I always devein and deseed?
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2015, 05:13:12 PM »
They're not as spicy as I expected when I started cooking with them.  I use two in about 2L of chili and it adds a nice zip and great flavor.  I can't make chili without them now.  Making salsa is an easy way to experiment with how much habanero you like.  I always deseed but have never deveined, so I don't know how much difference that makes.

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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 05:20:53 PM »
Thanks. You read my mind about the salsa.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 05:48:01 PM »
Another trick is to cut a couple slits in the pepper - just through the flesh on either side - and toss it in whole. I do this sometimes when cooking with them, too. You get the nice flavor and some heat, but not near as much as dicing the whole thing up.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 05:53:49 PM »
Another trick is to cut a couple slits in the pepper - just through the flesh on either side - and toss it in whole. I do this sometimes when cooking with them, too. You get the nice flavor and some heat, but not near as much as dicing the whole thing up.

Maybe I will use this method in the beer as well so I don't have to deal with dicing the little bastards up. Will probably take longer to get to my desired result but also less prep time.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2015, 04:15:25 AM »
There is a delicious salsa from the Yucatan that has habaneros, citrus juice and onions as the main ingredients. Look one up and put it on some roast pork. Just about the best thing.

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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 11:01:43 AM »
Aggressively hot peppers can be used liberally in marinades and rubs for grilling because a lot will fall off. Also, you could soak them in a spirit of your choice and dose cocktails: tequila for margueritas, rum for mojitos etc. If you can't find a use for all of them they freeze just fine.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 12:38:17 PM »
They can be dried as well.  They retain their flavor and heat for a long, long time.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2015, 01:28:36 PM »
They can be dried as well.  They retain their flavor and heat for a long, long time.

+1 That is what I do with mine.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2015, 02:14:14 PM »
They can be dried as well.  They retain their flavor and heat for a long, long time.

+1 That is what I do with mine.
Another good idea. I did this with ghost chiles we grew last year. You can then cut a small piece off at a time to add a little heat to something on the fly.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2015, 02:19:49 PM »
They can be dried as well.  They retain their flavor and heat for a long, long time.

+1 That is what I do with mine.
Another good idea. I did this with ghost chiles we grew last year. You can then cut a small piece off at a time to add a little heat to something on the fly.

+2.  I grow a variety of chiles and pretty much do everything - dry them, freeze them, hot sauces, chili garlic pastes, etc. Love some chiles.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2015, 03:00:22 PM »
They can be dried as well.  They retain their flavor and heat for a long, long time.

+1 That is what I do with mine.
Another good idea. I did this with ghost chiles we grew last year. You can then cut a small piece off at a time to add a little heat to something on the fly.

+2.  I grow a variety of chiles and pretty much do everything - dry them, freeze them, hot sauces, chili garlic pastes, etc. Love some chiles.
Yes, and when I make hot sauce that gets cooked I now do it outside. The same goes for processing horseradish. We made some extra hot sirachha a couple years ago and we were tearing up, the dog was whining and the cat was meowing.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2015, 03:04:39 PM »
They can be dried as well.  They retain their flavor and heat for a long, long time.

+1 That is what I do with mine.
Another good idea. I did this with ghost chiles we grew last year. You can then cut a small piece off at a time to add a little heat to something on the fly.

+2.  I grow a variety of chiles and pretty much do everything - dry them, freeze them, hot sauces, chili garlic pastes, etc. Love some chiles.
Yes, and when I make hot sauce that gets cooked I now do it outside. The same goes for processing horseradish. We made some extra hot sirachha a couple years ago and we were tearing up, the dog was whining and the cat was meowing.


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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2015, 03:28:00 PM »
I don't think I would be as worried about habaneros as I am about using Yellow Hungarians. 

We grew yellows one year and used 1/4 of one pepper, seeded and deveined, in a gallon of chili.  It was so hot we could barely eat it.  We froze the leftovers and my wife had a bowl while I was out of town.  After it had time to soak, she actually got physically ill from eating it.  We laughed about how clean the silverware was after serving it though.

We never did find a good use for those peppers.

Habaneros were mild compared to that.   :o

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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2015, 03:36:59 PM »
What's the best process for drying them?

Great ideas here. I like the cocktail idea for sure as I use jalapenos and cilantro in a tequila drink that is delish. I think the fist stop will be salsa to get a feel for them. I can add extra of the other ingredients if I go overboard on the hab...
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