Are peppers spicier when they are cooked or raw?

Are peppers spicier when they are cooked or raw?

Peppers are an incredibly versatile and popular vegetable due to their flavor, texture, and vibrant colors. They are commonly eaten both raw and cooked — but which is hotter? Stick around to learn the differences between cooked and raw peppers and delve deeper into how cooking can affect their spiciness. What is the spiciest part…

What you need to know about “hot pepper hands”

What you need to know about “hot pepper hands”

There’s a reason that you often see chefs chopping hot peppers with gloves. Beyond basic hygiene, gloves protect you from a condition commonly referred to as “hot pepper hands”. Read on to learn what causes hot pepper hands, how long the burning will last, and home remedies for reducing the burn. What are “hot pepper…

Capsicum vs. Capsaicin

Capsicum vs. Capsaicin

Capsicum and capsaicin are similar terms that are often confused with one another — but they actually refer to completely different things. Both terms relate to chili peppers but in different ways! Read on to learn the difference between capsicum and capsaicin, and what each word means. Capsicum vs. capsaicin — differences between the two…

Spicy food market report 2022

Spicy food market report 2022

It’s no secret that people love spicy food. With Flamin’ Hot Mountain Dew dominating grocery store shelves since April, a new spicy breakfast cereal launched in August, and Zaxby’s “hot sauce popsicle” stunt, it’s clear that brands are taking note. We combined insights from market research reports published in 2022 with Google Trends and new…

2022’s Best fiery gifts for the spicy food lover in your life
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2022’s Best fiery gifts for the spicy food lover in your life

Do you know someone who makes spicy food their entire personality? I think we all do. I can be guilty of being that person too, which makes me exceptionally qualified to recommend products that the spicy food lovers in your life will LOVE. Here are my top picks for the holidays in 2022. Note: This…

Why are onions spicy?

Why are onions spicy?

A bite of raw onion will instantly have your tongue burning and your eyes watering. But onions aren’t the “same kind” of spicy as chili peppers — so what makes them so hot? Do onions have capsaicin? Onions do not have any capsaicin. In fact, there are very few plants or vegetables other than chili…

Hot sauce & watermelon: enjoy this sweet/spicy combo three ways
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Hot sauce & watermelon: enjoy this sweet/spicy combo three ways

When you think hot sauce, your mind probably jumps to spicy wings, stuffed burritos, and scintillating sriracha. But surprisingly, hot sauce is also often paired with fruit. Many hot sauces use fruit as an ingredient to round out the spicy with a touch of sweetness, and in some parts of the world, people put hot…

How to make buffalo sauce without butter
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How to make buffalo sauce without butter

Spicy buffalo wings are one of my all-time favorite finger foods! They combine irresistible spice, fattiness, and sourness, with juicy, crisp chicken wings. The standard buffalo sauce recipe consists of just a few ingredients: hot sauce, butter, sometimes a sweetener like honey, and sometimes a thickener like cornstarch. But what happens if you don’t eat…

Your questions about pure capsaicin answered: How hot, where to buy, and more!

Your questions about pure capsaicin answered: How hot, where to buy, and more!

Capsaicin is the natural chemical found in chili peppers that makes them HOT. There is no commercially available product that is 100% pure capsaicin, but products labeled as “pure capsaicin” typically range from 96%-99% purity. Pure capsaicin is sold in a powder or liquid form as an extract, intended for scientific and medical use or…