Tag: pepper

How to Cook With the World’s Hottest Pepper (Without Killing Yourself)

naga bhut jolokia

So the other day when I wrote about finding hot peppers at the farmer’s market, I mentioned I would write about how to cook with them safely. The truth is there are a few simple steps you can use to get a lot of the heat out of these peppers without setting your mouth on fire. I picked up a single naga bhut jolokia at the Union Square Greenmarket — one of the hottest peppers in the world, according to the Scoville scale. The Scoville scale is a measure of how many parts of water you have to add to the chili to dilute it enough not be spicy. For reference: a bell pepper is at zero, jalapeno is around five thousand, habaneros are around two hundred thousand. The naga is rated at around one million. I love spicy food, but that’s just ridiculous. So how can you cook with something so hot, safely?

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Market Watch: Bell Peppers

I used to think I didn’t like bell peppers. Then a few years ago at a family meal one of my aunts made an amazing bell pepper dish — it was simply strips of bell pepper sauteed very quickly with garlic and salt. The peppers were warmed but still crunchy, and the salt brought out their sweetness nicely. I was hooked.

Not only are bell peppers great for you, but they brighten up ay dish with their lovely color. And they go with just about any cuisine, so you can use them in pastas, stir fries, soups, salads, etc.