Originally Posted by bassnet
I made chili with cayene pepper and chili powder. It is too hot for my family. Any way to 'cool down' the spices?
If I'm reading this correctly, you are looking for a way to cool it down before you put it in your mouths. I would dilute it by turning it into a double batch, without adding any more spice.
Also, I don't know if this will work, but I know that if you add too much salt to something, you can remove some of it by adding a cut up potato to it (and then removing it when it has absorbed it). Maybe it would work with spices.