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Zach
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Got a chile pepper question

Watched Alton Brown and he said not to use chile powder, but to buy dried chile peppers, heat on stove top to bring out oils and then grind in the blender.

The problem. He said to remove seeds because they are bitter. I know this is the case with bell peppers but I thought seeds brought the heat in hot peppers.

The type of dried peppers I got says "Hatch Pepper" and is rated 5 in heat on a scale of 0-10. Taking the seeds out of these things will take an hour.

Is Alton correct about the bitterness?


hungryone
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re: Got a chile pepper question
Yes, seeds can be bitter if you're planning to grind up the peppers. But it's usually easy to get the seeds out of dried peppers--you pull the stem off, poke your finger or a butter knife inside, and shake out the seeds.


Blind Boy Grunt
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Use scissors. Get out as many as you can - a few won't hurt anything.
I roast them on a sheet pan until Fragrant, then grind them in a spice mill. Don't use your Coffee Grinder . . .


Eddie Vedder
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Yeah, he is right. And taking the seeds out shouldn't take long...i make my own chile powder from dried chile's all the time--because they are dried, the seeds usually just fall out when you pull the top off. A lot easier than getting them out when fresh, I find.



Zach
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poke your finger or a butter knife inside, and shake out the seeds.

Tried that. Doesn't work. They're sticking to the inner wall of the pepper.


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Zach
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I roast them on a sheet pan until Fragrant, then grind them in a spice mill. Don't use your Coffee Grinder . . .


I don't have a spice mill or a coffee grinder. I've got a blender with blades at the bottom.


Blind Boy Grunt
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Should work. Give it a try.
Roasting develops greater flavor over just dried.


Zach
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So, should I put the dried on the stove top before grinding or should I pop them in the oven?


Blind Boy Grunt
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Cut them in "chunks". It is safer, in the oven.
I think the seeds can be planted, to produce peppers. You have experience with growing, right?


CITWTT
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I would lean more toward the inner membrane being the source on bitterness.


Eddie Vedder
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I would lean more toward the inner membrane being the source on bitterness.


the opinions i've read are mixed--some blame the membrane, and others the seeds. i always discard the seeds but keep the membrane, and have never found my chile powder bitter. but, again, opinions seem to differ on the subject.


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TigerWise
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I hope you don't feed them to the dogs.


Zach
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I think the seeds can be planted, to produce peppers. You have experience with growing, right?

Yeah, but I've already got a lot of jalapeno seeds planted and they're just starting to sprout.


Zach
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I hope you don't feed them to the dogs.
No, but I do have one concern. I'm doing this work without gloves. Last time I dealt with peppers I washed my hands for a LONG time and when I popped my contact lenses in my eyes caught on fire.

Does anyone know a trick to neutralizing pepper in your fingers besides soap and water?


Blind Boy Grunt
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For the Future, maybe?
I live in an Apartment, and have only peppers growing in pots on my window sill. They are looking good, also.


Zach
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For the Future, maybe?

So, if I wanted to keep them for planting next Spring what would I do with them?


Blind Boy Grunt
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Sorry, I may have misled you. My peppers are from young plants. I think you just preserve them in a cool, dry place.
Wear disposable gloves. I believe milk-based products will alleviate some of the heat.


Zach
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Thanks. I just licked my finger and didn't taste any heat. These things may not be as hot as the other peppers I dealt with.


Blind Boy Grunt
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Yeah, Hatch (Anaheims)are on the low-end of the heat scale.
Try mixing different dried varieties. A good Market has several.


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Zappas Stache
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I just licked my finger and didn't taste any heat. These things may not be as hot as the other peppers I dealt with.


Hatch Peppers can be mild to spicy. The spicy ones are below jalapeno heat but pretty close. And the heat dissipates off your tongue pretty quick.


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