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Apr 14, 2007 04:54 PM

Best way to stop spicy burn?

Not sure if this has been answered yet but what is the tried and true best way to stop the burning of a spicy food. I love spicy foods and sometimes the burn can last so long (but it is a good feeling nonetheless). I've tried the milk thing and the bread thing, but does anyone else have any other recomendations?

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  1. something sweet - preferably ice cream (maybe because it is cold, milky and sweet?).

    1. Capsaicin is not water soluable, so water doesn't help (as you know). It is fat soluable, which is why so many spicy cuisines include either a milk-based condiment like sour cream or yogurt or coconut milk. Capsaicin is also alcohol soluable, which is why beer goes so well with spicy food.

      If you're drinking low fat milk it's not going to do the job. I suggest capping off your spicy meal with ice cream!

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I once heard beer isn't that good due to it's low amount of alcohol.... I still like drinking it with spicy food though.

      2. "Anything with grease" is what my ex-South Carolina girlfriend's father (who grew maybe ten or fifteen different kinds of peppers each year) would say.

        1. A mint. Seriously, the Malaysian restaurant in our neighborhood keeps bowls of them. The combo of sweet and cool kills the burn.

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          1. re: piccola

            I agree. If I ever can't get rid of a spicy burn, I either go for a mint or a piece of gum. I actually think the gum works better. If I cant find either of those, usually a packet of sugar will do the trick.

          2. Straight honey. When I was a kid my mom and I would get the hottest food imaginable on Indian Reservations in New Mexico, and for dessert they would serve fry bread literally dripping with honey. In fact, if done properly, the fry bread would puff up and you were supposed to bite a hole into a corner and fill the puffed up pocket with as much honey as you could. I bet the grease in the fry bread helped as well. The sticky mess also distracts you from the burn for a bit!

            When I cook with chilies and I forget rubber gloves, I soak my hands in milk or yogurt (full fat), it really helps with what can turn into a 2nd degree burn if not tended to.

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            1. re: ballulah

              That sounds like Sopapillas, which are quite common around there, (but I don't even know if I've seen them on the menu of any Mexican place around here.) I recall that a lot of Mexican places would serve them after the meal even if no dessert was ordered.

              1. re: Vexorg

                Yup, they are very similar to sopapillas, but it's Indian fry bread rather than a Mexican dessert...however, almost identical. At the State Fair in New Mexico I used to go to the "Indian Village" every year just for this, and you could get nearly the same thing in the "Mexican Village" right next door.