Does freezing peppers affect their heat
- BNR Jan 23, 2006 11:04 AM
I freeze serrano peppers because I have to buy them bulk from the Indian store and they go bad before I can use them. I had bought a batch that were really hot but then I froze them and it seems as if they are not hot at all anymore. Can this be true or did I happen to just eat a few that were not hot?
This is a question for the Harold McGees among us, but speaking anecdotally I froze a big Ziploc full of Scotch Bonnets, and one of those was STILL enough to bump up a big pot of chili. Of course, that's kinda like saying I froze a 100 megaton bomb and when I thawed it out it was only 90 megatons...how would I know?
Different chiles definitely react differently to heat -- some lose spiciness, some don't - but while I don't often freeze them, I haven't noticed that freezing affects the heat level.
I use frozen chilis a lot - Its really a top flight means of preservation, and they are a lot easier and safer to chop when frozen. While the freezing may possibly take down the heat a trifle they are still plenty hot after freezing - if you feel the fire is reduced, just use a little more. Personally, ive never felt the need.