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Old 08-10-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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What's your heat tolerance level?

I've always considered myself a chilihead. I make my own hot sauces every year and don't usually have any problems with many of the commercial ones that claim to be the hottest ((Dave's Insanity, etc). But in the last week, I've eaten a couple of things that have made me question my tolerance.

First, earlier in the week I stopped at a Wisconsin cheese factory and picked up some habanero & ghost pepper cheese. I sliced off a good-sized chunk and proceeded to eat it with reckless abandon. Truth is, it went down easier than I thought, so I had another piece and then another. It was a good minute and a half later before it hit me. I got the same look on my face that I've seen on countless others when they've played with fire. I was coughing, my eyes were watering, and I ran to the fridge to get a glass of milk. The pain didn't stop for a good 20 minutes.

The second time was yesterday. I went to Whole Foods and bought some sort of vegetarian African curry from their hot bar. It wasn't all that flavorful, but the heat... YOW! I ended up throwing it out. Not only because of the heat level, but because it just wasn't very good. If it had been delicious, I would've choked it down anyway (and probably paid for it later). I was totally caught off guard with how hot something was that they were selling at a WF buffet.

So be honest, what's YOUR heat tolerance level? I kind of draw the line at ghost peppers myself, but I'll sometimes eat them if they are used sparingly in other things.

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Old 08-10-2012, 04:34 PM   #2
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I am a fan of all things hot and spicy. But I am also a fan of flavor. I went through a spell of "I'll try it!!! It ain't too hot for me!"
Well...I am over that now...My sister gave me a bottle of something called Endorphin Rush. It was hot...i mean HOT!! but not much flavor. I could not eat that stuff....and I tried. I like habanero sauce but that is about my limit.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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That's curious, Steve.

I don't know what my tolerance level is. I have never had any desire to torture myself to see how much heat I could stand.

We have two next door Indian neighbors and they often share their food with us. It's usually accompanied by a warning that it's hot - maybe too hot for a non-Indian. It never is. I sometimes have issues with heartburn later but never the severe heat reaction as you described.

I don't test my limits. Heat in a dish is one aspect of its flavor/aroma/taste to me and not a challenge to be met. I would have tossed that African curry as well.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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We ate at a Mexican place the other night while out of town. I asked our waiter for the hot salsa and he smiled and asked if I like it "hot?" I said yes and he brought me a delightful habanero sauce to put on thing, though I did not drown them in it.

We order curry from a familiar place and I always order hot. I almost couldn't eat it as it was too hot. But it was good so I choked it down.

I think it varies at times, so it is hard to say. I wish I had brought home their habanero sauce.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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I am not embarrassed to claim the title of "Heat Wimp!" I can tolerate general tso's chicken but anything much hotter than that and I give up. I'll add banana peppers and green chilies to recipes in sparing amounts more for the flavor than the heat. Mild salsas are the only way to go in my house. I can tolerate a single slice of pepper jack cheese only if it is heavily accompanied by turkey, mayo, tomato and bread.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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i made piri piri chicken a couple of days ago(posted the recipe in the chicken section)it had 3 large green indian finger chillies in the marinade.....indian imports too.i kept back some unused marinade as a condiment.the heat built & stopped just short of pain but it did taste good!made me nose run too...always a good sign.
roll of toilet tissue in the fridge overnight proved a wise move the next day!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:58 PM   #7
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We ate at a Mexican place the other night while out of town. I asked our waiter for the hot salsa and he smiled and asked if I like it "hot?" I said yes and he brought me a delightful habanero sauce to put on thing, though I did not drown them in it.

We order curry from a familiar place and I always order hot. I almost couldn't eat it as it was too hot. But it was good so I choked it down.

I think it varies at times, so it is hard to say. I wish I had brought home their habanero sauce.
I like good habanero sauce, too. Habaneros can be very hot, but they also have an almost fruity kind of quality to them. One of the sauces I make is a habanero BBQ sauce with Jamaican curry spices. Tastes fantastic on grilled chicken and pork.
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Max 40,000 Scoville units. E.G. Aji, Cayenne, Serrano, Tien Tsin.
Do not like the flavor nor heat of Habaneros.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:08 PM   #9
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I am not embarrassed to claim the title of "Heat Wimp!"
No shame in that. My wife's the same way, and so was my daughter until fairly recently. She's still cautious, but now adds a splash or two of cayenne pepper sauce when we have Mexican.
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No shame in that. My wife's the same way, and so was my daughter until fairly recently. She's still cautious, but now adds a splash or two of cayenne pepper sauce when we have Mexican.
It's nothing at all to be ashamed of. Mrs Hoot has little tolerance of the heat. I am luring her down the path, however.
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