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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2015, 09:57:00 am »
The heat depends on the variety of habaneros. Deveining and deseeding will remove some of the heat.   I also heard that lot of the capsaicin is found at the top so you could just use the bottom.   A lot of veins can be bitter tasting, but I have never experienced that.   My wife uses habaneros a lot in chili, sauces and salsas and they add a great flavor.  I use them in beef patties if I don’t have scotch bonnets.  If we have extra peppers we usually freeze them, but recently I have been drying them and grinding them into a powder with a coffee grinder.   I like having different pepper powders on hand for seasoning.  If you have hot habaneros(or any hot pepper), I would recommend wearing gloves. Those oils stick around for a while.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2015, 10:12:54 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2015, 10:16:46 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2015, 10:19:16 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2015, 10:27:15 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...

On that note I'll share a cautionary tale -  I ONCE went to the bathroom after making a blazing bottle of habanero/Thai dragon pepper hot sauce and paid the price.  Suffice it to say............well, draw your own conclusions. Not good.   ;)
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2015, 10:33:14 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...

On that note I'll share a cautionary tale -  I ONCE went to the bathroom after making a blazing bottle of habanero/Thai dragon pepper hot sauce and paid the price.  Suffice it to say............well, draw your own conclusions. Not good.   ;)

Indeed, a mistake you only make once. :)
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2015, 10:36:08 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...

On that note I'll share a cautionary tale -  I ONCE went to the bathroom after making a blazing bottle of habanero/Thai dragon pepper hot sauce and paid the price.  Suffice it to say............well, draw your own conclusions. Not good.   ;)

Ha! Once is enough for sure...gloves. Soap doesnt always get the oils off.  I found out the hard way. jerry lee lewis style.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2015, 10:42:09 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...

On that note I'll share a cautionary tale -  I ONCE went to the bathroom after making a blazing bottle of habanero/Thai dragon pepper hot sauce and paid the price.  Suffice it to say............well, draw your own conclusions. Not good.   ;)

Ha! Once is enough for sure...gloves. Soap doesnt always get the oils off.  I found out the hard way. jerry lee lewis style.

Goodness, gracious!
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2015, 10:50:43 am »
I consistently have issues just handling jalapenos without gloves. I tend to touch or wipe my eye aftereward and it is over...

Ah, yes, and also remember to wash your hands BEFORE you use the restroom!

Haha...good call! I have tried washing my hands multiple times, coating with olive oil but nothing seems to to work...Luckily I haven't had any of the issues you are referring to...

On that note I'll share a cautionary tale -  I ONCE went to the bathroom after making a blazing bottle of habanero/Thai dragon pepper hot sauce and paid the price.  Suffice it to say............well, draw your own conclusions. Not good.   ;)

Ha! Once is enough for sure...gloves. Soap doesnt always get the oils off.  I found out the hard way. jerry lee lewis style.

Goodness, gracious!

Took me a minute to catch on. That's beautiful.  ;D
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2015, 11:42:04 am »
I once halved and deseeded a case of chile peppers at a restaurant with no gloves then absent-mindedly used my finger to itch the inside of my ear. It burned all day. I wear gloves now when working with more than one or two peppers.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2015, 07:51:14 am »
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...

I use a dehydrator that I bought online.  It is a Nesco, it works very well for drying pretty much anything.   Supposed to make good jerky too, although I haven't tried that yet.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2015, 07:58:44 am »
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...

I use a dehydrator that I bought online.  It is a Nesco, it works very well for drying pretty much anything.   Supposed to make good jerky too, although I haven't tried that yet.

+1 I probably bought the same one. I also dry them in the sun on occasion. After they are dry, I throw them in a spice grinder with various other peppers, and make my pepper mixes. I use this stuff on everything!
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2015, 09:11:48 am »
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?

Assuming we're talking about a 5 gal keg, one chile isn't much. When I do my mango-habanero pale ale I use 1-2 oz, which I want to say works out to 5-10 chiles. I remove the stems, cut the chiles in half, then scrape with a spoon to get the seeds out, but I don't worry about getting all the pith - the whole point is to get some heat.
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2015, 10:26:20 am »
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?

Assuming we're talking about a 5 gal keg, one chile isn't much. When I do my mango-habanero pale ale I use 1-2 oz, which I want to say works out to 5-10 chiles. I remove the stems, cut the chiles in half, then scrape with a spoon to get the seeds out, but I don't worry about getting all the pith - the whole point is to get some heat.

For the first iteration, I used 1 diced, deveined, and deseeded habanero (5g) in the keg. Tasted every day and on the third day the heat was perfect. It lasted throughout the life of the keg and was spot on with more sensation then spice. This time I slitted 2 habs and put them in the keg. Right now I am not getting anything so I may need to throw some more in. Not sure why I went away from what worked so well the first time....
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Re: cooking with habaneros
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2015, 10:31:19 am »
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?

Assuming we're talking about a 5 gal keg, one chile isn't much. When I do my mango-habanero pale ale I use 1-2 oz, which I want to say works out to 5-10 chiles. I remove the stems, cut the chiles in half, then scrape with a spoon to get the seeds out, but I don't worry about getting all the pith - the whole point is to get some heat.

For the first iteration, I used 1 diced, deveined, and deseeded habanero (5g) in the keg. Tasted every day and on the third day the heat was perfect. It lasted throughout the life of the keg and was spot on with more sensation then spice. This time I slitted 2 habs and put them in the keg. Right now I am not getting anything so I may need to throw some more in. Not sure why I went away from what worked so well the first time....

When I cook with habaneros, sometimes I'll just slit them to keep the heat under control. But in your case there's obviously no heat involved here.  So that would be slow to give you the heat you're after. Sorry for the crappy advice, man - it works well for cooking, maybe not as well for what you're doing. My bad.
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