Cooking With Jalapeno Peppers
I’m guessing if you came to this page, you are a big Chilli pepper fan like me, I love spicy food and I’m always looking at new ideas and recipes to add to my repertoire.
Jalapenos are milder than a lot of the chilis available and their heat can vary depending on where and how they were cultivated and also how you prepare them. On the Scoville scale which measures how hot a chilli is, they vary from 2,500 to 8,000 heat units. One of The hottest recorded chilli is the naga viper pepper which hits the scale at a tongue burning 1,382,118 !!
Most times you will use green jalapeno’s to cook with even though these are the most common you can also get red ones these have been left on the vine for longer and are a bit sweeter. If you grow your own Jalapeno’s which isn’t that difficult, try leaving some to mature on the vine for a while and try the red ones they are really delicious.
Like the rest of the chilli family, jalapeno’s are also high in vitamin C and have a number of health-inducing properties which are all down to the main chemical that chillies are made up of Capsaicin which is also the component that makes them hot! Some of the benefits it is believed to have include; helps boost circulation, protects against certain cancers and lowers blood sugar levels.
So that’s the health benefits discussed so let’s know talk about getting them ready to cook. First of all, we need to prepare the jalapeno peppers, as most of the heat comes from the white pith and seeds of the jalapeno’s we will want to remove them first. I’m not going to state the obvious here because I’m sure that a lot of you have cooked with chillis before, but do make sure that you don’t rub your eyes or take a trip to the bathroom without washing your hands after preparing your chillis, the good thing is you won’t do it a second time! A good way of saving time and effort especially if you are planning on cooking a lot of jalapenos is to buy yourself a jalapeno corer, they cost about ten dollars but for five dollars more you can buy this King Kooker 36JR Stainless-Steel 36-Hole Jalapeno Rack with Corer
Jalapenos can be used in literally hundreds of different recipes but the one they are the most well known for has got to be Jalapeno Poppers. This originally was a trademark used by Anchor Food but is pretty much used for any stuffed Jalapeno recipes out there. Usually, the hollowed-out peppers are stuffed with a mixture of ingredients the common one being cheese and a few spices, quite often they are wrapped in bacon. They also are likely to be served with a dip, personally I’m partial to a bit of sour cream or a ranch dressing with my jalapeno’s.
Jalapeno Poppers are really easy to make and once you’ve cored them you’re ready to go, I like to either stuff them with cream cheese or Monterey Jack as it really melts nicely and a bit of onion and garlic. There are a lot of other variations some people like goats cheese, some add the sausage meat and other spices. They really are versatile, you can grill, oven back or smoke them or coat them in breadcrumbs and deep fry them. If you use the King Kooker 36JR Stainless-Steel 36-Hole Jalapeno Rack with Corer
from Amazon that I mentioned earlier, you can prepare and cook 36 of these babies with no effort.
So forget those cheap frozen versions that you’ve probably eaten at restaurants or at home and try making some yourself, they’re fun and easy to cook and much, much tastier!
Stop foods from sticking to the pan. To keep food from sticking to the bottom of your pans, try to avoid ever putting cold foods into a hot pan. Also, don’t put food into a pan that is not perfectly clean, otherwise the resulting build up could lead to burned food.