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Paqui chips

24 May 2018 - 03:02 PM

My wife got me a bag of Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chips for a long road trip that begins tomorrow. I'm fairly certain these won't be anything like those challenge chips I've read about here but I hope they're delicious and interesting. It's hard to dip superhot salsa and drive so maybe these will give me a bit of a pepper buzz. One can only hope. I'll report back on them mas tarde.

Very spicy healthy candy

03 February 2018 - 08:52 PM

Made from crystallized xylitol and simple flavors, this is a very healthy and delicious hard candy. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from birch trees with the expected 4 carbohydrate calories per gram but unlike sugar, it has a glycemic index that approximates cauliflower. It's a great treatment for dry mouth, nukes bacteria and acids in the mouth so it protects the gums and teeth. It also promotes remineralization of the teeth.


I make it with flavors like orange cream, irish cream, vanilla swirl, caramel, cinnamon, etc.


I love my very spicy version. Cinnamon spice and crystalline capsaicin. It's bad to the bone but I don't go for a high level of heat. I make it with 0.01% capsaicin so it comes in at slightly less than 16,000 SHU. A nice level for me to use throughout the day although many people would find that far too hot. It's good stuff. The capsaicin is absolutely tasteless in the candy. Heat is the only feature it adds. The spiciness of the capsaicin is an additional treatment for dry mouth.


It's really simple to make. For instance, mix 50 grams of xylitol with 100 mg citric acid, 100 mg cream of tartar and 50 mg of pure capsaicin. Melt over a double boiler or over a heat spreader until completely liquefied. Stir in your flavor and pour out onto a suitable surface to form a sheet crystal. I use silicone baking ware for this. Once the crystallization is complete, break into small pieces and enjoy.

Herbicide damage?

20 June 2017 - 08:14 PM

On May 26 my neighbor sprayed his peanuts with 2,4-DB that drifted to my property in a high wind. A few pots of peppers that were close to the property line ain't looking so great and I'm thinking it's herbicide damage. I hauled all of my plants to the pumphouse and sprayed them down with a mist but I think maybe it didn't help in all cases.


Three pots, Trinidad Scorpion, Carolina Reaper and a 7 Pot Douglah are not looking all that fine. The new growth is a nightmare. The pictures are of a normal leaf and new growth with stem elongation from the scorpion. All new growth on these plants is like this. Small, shriveled and very distorted.  Does this look like herbicide or could it possibly be something else?


Out of around 30 pots, three are showing heavier damage like this, a couple are showing minor damage and the rest are fine. I've been waiting for a nice day to take pictures of the plants themselves but we have no nice days any more.Always dark, windy and raining. so I just cut off a sample and brought it in to photograph.


Any advice on these plants? Cut them back and hope for the best? Give them a shot of any antidote?







Silly plants

21 March 2017 - 01:00 PM

These are scorpion and reaper branches I cut off plants in November so they could fit in the winter shelter. They all had green pods so I brought them in and stuck them in a pitcher of water so they could sit in the window and ripen. The pods did ripen nicely and since then these sticks have been growing and flowering and making little bitty pods. Now they're even starting to grow some roots.



Capsaicin vs. pain neurotransmitters - Calling all chile alchemists

12 February 2017 - 10:44 PM

One of the reasons I keep a pepper buzz going is to keep my endorphins kicking to help control chronic pain. I think it may be a good idea to control it from the outside too and use the capsaicin topically. Although I've never been able to accomplish it with commercially available capsaicin pain relief products, the science says if you do it right, you can deplete the nerves in the target area of the type of slow moving neurotransmitter responsible for sending the chronic pain signals.  I've started  looking for a better way than use of the impotent commercial products that are available.


Here's what I've learned so far. I did skin testing with the hottest products I have in the house. First I used 1 million SHU Ghost Cap. That's pretty much imperceptible when painted on top of my forearm. I gave it a half hour before moving up the ladder. Next step was two drops of 1.5 million SHU Pure Evil capsaicin spread on the inside of my forearm. I did get a little tingle from that but nothing notable. After another half hour I moved up to the biggest gun I have and painted a 3x3" patch of custom built 5 million SHU Ghost Cap on my inner forearm. That indeed gave me a stronger tingle but was definitely a non-event. I washed after an hour and the tingle remained for another 15 minutes or so.


All this established is my skin can tolerate a whole lot of very hot stuff without the slightest bit of discomfort or blistering or peeling like flesh from a zombie. I guess it also establishes I can utilize just about anything I can make and anything I make will certainly be a whole lot stronger than the store-bought junk I've tried over the years.


The next thing I learned is I may be able to make me some stuff out of my scorpireaper powder but I wonder about the "transfer rate". I started cold soaking ½ tsp of my powder in 9 ml of 190 proof Everclear this afternoon. It didn't take long for it to turn a very pretty red color and then after a few hours, develop about a millimeter of oil that floats on the top. I didn't try the oil but I pulled a drop of the red alcohol from beneath the capsaicin layer and it was pretty spicy. About wallyworld habañero hot, I'd say.


My idea of a perfect product is a spray that evaporates quickly and doesn't leave me an oily mess to contaminate my surroundings with highly potent capsaicin residue. Another plus to a product like this is my wife could spritz me and be done. There would be no pepper accidents that would certainly occur if I asked her to rub a capsaicin cream or oil into my back every day.


Now to ask for the advice, experience and insight from any who know or have ideas. I need a carrier. I wonder about the  transferability of compounds like this ethanol tincture. I can certainly make it much, much more potent than the little bit I have brewing at the moment but will it be effective as a transdermal application? It would evaporate very quickly and wouldn't leave a mess but how well would it work at getting the active ingredient to the target?


What level of heat should I try to create in a brew like this?


Another carrier option is the opposite extreme of blending pepper extract into a phospholipid deficient oil like emu oil. This stuff pulls medications through the skin like grease through a goose but I wonder if it's really a good thing to do that with capsaicin.


Thanks for sharing any of the productive things you may know.