Chile Questions

What’s the best way to preserve fresh piri piri chilies?

While you can pickle or freeze chilies, with a small, very hot pepper like the piri piri, we’d recommend drying/dehydrating. A dehydrator will probably give you the best results (drying without cooking as an oven would). While you can dehydrate
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How are chilies’ heat levels measured?

Our chilies‘ hotness is measured in average scoville units, meaning that their hotness has been calculated using the scoville organoleptic test (a somewhat subjective test where levels of necessary dilution to avoid a spicy flavor are measured). By comparing scoville
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How hot is the Boonie pepper from Guam and Tinian? Do you have recipes for it?

We’re not familiar with the Boonie pepper.  A quick internet search seems to indicate that it’s a Guam relative of SE Asian birdseye chilies (possibly even the same variety) that is typically sold dried.  People seem to think that is
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Which dried chilies should I use for hot sauce with lots of flavor and “medium hot” heat?

Because “medium hot” is largely a factor of personal taste (people perceive spice differently based on their dietary habits and taste buds) and the final heat of a hot sauce will vary with a recipe, it’s hard for us to
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What peppers do you offer that are hotter than habaneros?

We currently offer both dried ghost chilies (year round) and fresh ghost chilies (when in season), which are significantly hotter than the standard habanero. Our dried ghost chilies average between 300,000 and 400,000 scoville units (vs dried habaneros at 100,000-200,000).
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Do you sell any of the dried peppers in smaller quantities?

While we can set up special orders for larger quantities, the small packs of dried peppers available on the website (as low as 4 oz for most varieties, 2 oz for a few) are the smallest amounts we are able
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Can I freeze fresh ghost chilies?

We haven’t tested freezing fresh ghost chilies, but you should be able to do so.  We’d recommend removing their stems and following these freezing tips. Just keep in mind that their texture (and likely appearance) won’t be the same –
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Can you give me more information about dried chilies?

How Are Peppers Dried? Dried chilies can be sun dried or machine (oven) dried.  Most of our dried chilies are oven dried.  One exception I know of is our chipotle chilies, which are smoked and sun dried. Where Are Your
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How many tsp of habanero flakes are there per pound?

We estimate that there are approximately 280 teaspoons of habanero flakes per pound, but don’t quote us on that.  Here’s our math: The Book of Yields says that there are roughly 5.9 tablespoons of red chile flakes per ounce.  With
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Is it better to use whole chilies or chile flakes in pasta sauce? Which chilies would you recommend for getting good heat?

What form of chilies you add to pasta sauce is largely a matter of personal preference.  A lot of Italian sauce recipes call for chile flakes, and chile flakes are easy to come by, convenient, easy to measure, and easy
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What’s the best way to deseed dried chiles?

Removing the seeds from dried chiles reduces the overall heat level of those chiles substantially.  In addition, chile seeds have a different color and somewhat different texture than the rest of the chile, so you’ll get a more uniform result,
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How many ghost peppers should I substitute for 1-2 habaneros in my pickle recipe?

Ghost chiles are extremely, extremely hot.  When developing our own ghost chile recipes, we always follow this simple rule: start small!  It’s better to end up with something that isn’t hot enough than something that’s too hot to eat.  You
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Where can I buy frozen aji amarillo peppers?

Unfortunately we’ve been unable to locate a source of frozen aji amarillos for you…they appear to be VERY hard to come by right now. The best substitutes we can suggest are either tracking down some fresh ones or rehydrating dried
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How can I grow my own ghost chilies? Can I use the seeds in your dried ghost chilies to grow my own?

Unfortunately, due to processing the seeds in our dried ghost chilies are no longer viable.  If you plant them they will not grow. We don’t know of a source for plant-able ghost chili seeds that we can refer you to
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Do you sell ghost chili seeds? If not, where can I buy them?

Unfortunately we only sell whole dried ghost chilies and ghost chili powder. Though we have gotten several requests for plant-able ghost chile seeds, we have been unable to locate a supplier, so we don’t know who to refer you to.
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