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Jalapenos:Can Canned Heat Be Modified?

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A reader recently emailed us, asking if there was a way to tone down the heat level in the canned jalapenos called for his chile relleno recipe. Sadly, there is no way to cool ’em down, since they’ve been processed for canning. What you can do, is substitute milder canned chiles. We recommend New Mexico or Anaheim peppers, which are much milder but still packed with flavor.

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Ask Chef Mike: Why Heatless Jalapeños?

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Q: I heard about some guy who has developed a jalapeño pepper with no heat. Why would anybody do that? A: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Some manufacturers of hot products prefer to use heatless chile varieties and add heat later during processing through the addition of concentrated capsaicin oleoresin. This provides a measurable, more …

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Sichuan Chile Sauce

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Here is a classic chile sauce from one of the hottest regions–foodwise–in China. This Sichuan chile sauce can be used in stir-fry dishes, added to soups, or sprinkled over rice.