This article excerpt found on MSNBC.com was sort of a hot sauce 101 view on condiments in general. Skip over the stuff about catsup and mayo…those are for wimps!
Hot sauces are a lot more than just chili peppers in a bottle that are designed to burn the roof off your mouth. Many now combine a variety of peppers with other ingredients — sweet jams, sweet relishes and even candy. Last year we Americans bought almost $100 million of these and made one of the fastest growing segments of the condiment category. First rule is to read the label and d
etermine what kind of chile pepper or extract is being used. Some products actually have a Scoville number — which is the rating of the heat of the sauce — the higher the number the hotter the chile. The habenero is the hottest pepper — 100 times hotter than a jalapeno.
Keep in mind the longer you cook a food with a hot sauce, the milder it will become. So if you want that heat — add the sauce after you cook your food and not in the preparation
And for those of you that actually do add a little too much hot sauce to your foods by mistake, the best way to cut the burn is to drink a glass of milk!
The most noteworthy trivia from this article was the amount of money that Americans alone spend on hot sauce. $100 million? That's a lot of hot sauce orders, folks.