Hot pepper

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
You will need to dry your peppers before they spoil! I'd usually cut them open or in halves and put them at a very airy location (like behind a fan).
Once the peppers are dried, you can use your favorite blender to make the powder. I prefer removing all the seeds before doing that but I know some people like to grind the seeds as well.
 

Kell27

Seedling
You will need to dry your peppers before they spoil! I'd usually cut them open or in halves and put them at a very airy location (like behind a fan).
Once the peppers are dried, you can use your favorite blender to make the powder. I prefer removing all the seeds before doing that but I know some people like to grind the seeds as well.
I'll try that, thanks! The heat was so bad we had tomatoes exploding after 1 day, if next year is the same I'll see if drying them in the basement is better. It worked great for drying bean pods
 
Thank goodness the weather stays relatively warm, a few more reapers made it! Mother nature please keep up with the warm weather :D
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This fruit (if it is the Carolina reaper) is so hot it stung through a thin rubber glove. I have eaten just the thin tip and it was hot enough for me. It is not only a burning sensation apart from the fruity taste, it stings really.

Very interesting, but I dont dare to use it for cooking, whom should I offer the result?
 
We did not dare to make powder from it after the incident with the rubber gloves. I only touched it outside with my bare hand and broke a piece of flesh from it. Without any trace of seeds or white inside. I wanted to eat it. But a nice lady stopped me. So I only sucked at my finger which has touched the outer skin.
Was quite hot with a lot of tiny needles dancing on my toungue for more than a quarter of an hour. I did not dare to try it after this. I am too old for beeing that much Testosterone steered.
 

Sloppysponge

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Don't use rubber or vinyl golves, all ways use nitrile gloves, the pepper oil will penetrate every type of golve but nitrile.
 

meateater

Carnivore
Oddly enough I never had any glove-melting problems. I used tweezers to handle them. Made some sauce with it and it burned the plastic food wrap though.

My experience: once it touches water the fumes exploded, coughed my lungs out. I also couldn't resist and tried a super tiny bit, it was PAINFUL!

I managed to save cuttings last year so I got a batch of reapers again this year. I dried them but haven't quite figured out what to do with them, other than animal repellent....
 
Animal repellent is the only use this reaper is good for, and it was the reason for having it. Wild boar were frequently invading a garden.

I was experimenting with it because I always tell myself, this hot feeling is only illusion. There is no really heat involved. It worked for all other peppers I used, quite well.
When I cook with these I fry them first for some seconds up to half a minute or so (the indian style). So the pitch heat goes into the air and a kind of basic lava feeling stays in the food. If you have the bad luck to have your head above the pan and inhale, you will regret it. But in the kitchen is after this a very appetising fragrance.
This way used ordinary peppers burn only once ;)

But with the reaper I fear there will be no possibility, to regret it, beeing in the same kitchen. It is worse than in boiling water.
I cant imagine making a powder from it.

With the reaper is a good chance to get a more edible one. It varies with clima, soil and possible genetic variability, I was told.
I do not know what extend mine had. And I really dont want to find out.
 
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WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Hot pepper oil shouldn't physically burn plastic (or anything). Capsaicin activates pain sensors in mammals only, acting on a chemical receptor. Possibly the oil could degrade food wrap by dissolving it.
No wonder my goldfish don't mind spicy peppers. :)
 
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