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Let’s Turn up the Heat – Scoville Scale

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Some  like it hot!  Our frozen meals are kept mild so that everyone is satisfied with the heat level, but if you know what the Scoville scale is, you’re probably a heat lover. The Scoville scale is a measure of the spicy heat of a pepper. Mexican Spanish differentiates between the heat of a pepper (picante) and the heat of the day (calor), as well as the heat of something you’re touching (caliente). Picante is what we’re looking for here.

Using the Scoville scale, the number of Scoville heat units indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is the substance that makes peppers hot. It’s used in topical creams and ointments as well, as a pain reliever.

Personally, I like a dish to have some spiciness, but I don’t like the heat to overwhelm my palate so that I can’t taste anything. There are some subtle but flavorful hot sauces available, and they are great for spicing up dishes like our Shrimp Burrito or Portabella/Shiitake Mushroom Ravioli. In fact, if you like heat, any of our tomato-based sauces won’t be hurt by the addition of a splash or two of hot sauce.

Shrimp Burrito

Shrimp Burrito

Here are some of my favorites, you can find any of them online if you can’t find them at your local grocery store:

Castillo Amor Picante Hot Sauce – hot on its own, but if you splash this over potatoes, some kind of magic happens and it just becomes a mouthful of flavor with a little heat. Try it over Potato Pancakes or splash it on Scalloped Potatoes.

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes - Great with Amor Sauce

Yucatan Sunshine Habanero Hot Sauce- OK, it sounds way too hot, and the word habeñero usually scares me away (100,000–350,000 on Scoville scale. To give some perspective, a jalapeno is 2,500-5,000 Scoville units). But check out the ingredients: Red Habanero peppers, carrots, onions, vinegar, garlic and salt. It’s cooked with other vegetables that give it a mellow, smooth flavor under the heat. This one is especially good on anything with a tomato Sauce.

Louisiana Hot Sauce - This old favorite has been mass-produced for years. Made from plain old cayenne peppers, it’s good splashed on anything from burgers to fries to hot dogs to our Stuffed Baked Potato.

Melinda’s Original Habenero Mango Sauce – Slightly sweet, slightly hot, this would be good on any of our dishes, including, are you ready? Our panna cotta! Oh, yes, sweet and creamy and cold and spicy..oh man that’s good!

Enjoy the food, spicy or not! Bon Appetit!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger