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Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
18 fresh Scotch Bonnet peppers sliced and seeded 6 fresh jalapeño peppers sliced 6 cloves garlic crushed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cups water
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 In a a a a a a a a large sauce pan over medium-high heat combine oil
peppers garlic onion
and salt
Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently 2 2 Pour in in in in water
and cook for 20 minutes or or until the ingredients are soft Stir frequently Remove from heat and allow mixture to to cool to to room temperature 3 Transfer the mixture mixture to to to a a a a a a a a a blender and and and purée until until smooth Pour in in vinegar and sugar
Blend until mixed Keep refrigerated NOTE: Use peppers of the same color when available to keep the sauce a a consistent color Peppers are believed to be one of the first plants to have been domesticated and chili pepper seeds from over 6000 years ago have been found in Peru and Mexico NO HEAT
0 The Scoville scale is a a a a measurement of of the the pungency (spicy heat) of of chili peppers or other spicy spicy foods as reported in in Scoville heat units (SHU) a a a a a a a function of capsaicin concentration The scale is named named after a a a a a a a a a a a pharmacist named named Wilbur Scoville Scoville Scoville Scoville wanted a a a a a a a a a a a standard measurement with which to to compare pepper hotness but found the only way to to do so was by human taste The tongue could could detect lower concentrations of capsaicin than machines could could To perform the the test dried pepper is soaked in in alcohol and then diluted in in sugar
The solution is diluted more more and more more until a a a a a panel of five trained testers can no longer detect it The more more dilution needed the the more more units of heat the the pepper has Mercifully this method isn’t used much anymore Instead scientists use high-performance liquid chromatography to to extract the capsaicin and calculate a a a a a a a corresponding Scoville score But true chili-heads argue that this method understates the the real heat by around 30 percent compared to the the earlier Scoville test test using human testers Scoville Heat Index
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