Monday, December 19, 2011

[ spicing things up a little too much ]

AFTER YOU have had your fill of turkey during the holidays, a pot of chili is a great way to feed a crowd and is great comfort food on a cold winter day. Have you ever made a pot of chili and realized that it is much too spicy to eat? What do you do?

Well, this happened to me recently even though I was following my usual recipe to a T. Little did I know that the chili powder and cayenne pepper I stocked our kitchen with here in Dubai were much more potent than those I had in Canada or Ireland so quantities should have been adjusted.

Well, with my mouth on fire just from taste-testing a spoonful, I quickly researched for a way to salvage my chili without having to start again from scratch. 

Try one of these:
1 add a spoonful of sugar
2 add a tsp of baking soda
3 add a drizzle of honey
4 add a spoonful of smooth peanut butter

Any one of these should take down the heat. I had to try all 4. Finally, with the peanut butter, it was saved! I had to add a bit more salt afterwards but managed to get it back to being edible. whew!



Privet and Holly said...

Yes, OF COURSE this
has happened to me!
I've also done the same
thing with too much
salt.....Wonder if these
additions would help
that, too? Glad you
salvaged your chili
and were kind enough
to share the secret to
your success : ) Merry
Christmas to you and
your hubby, Lisa. I know
the two of you will make
it memorable, even without
extended family there with
you. Your friendship has
truly been a gift to me and
I thank you!

xx Suzanne

Razmataz said...

That has happened to me also....I never would have thought to add any of those things, especially the peanut butter. Thanks for the tips.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Good to know I'm famous for adding an extra dash here and there and too spicy is the end result! Have a wonderful Monday!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow, I never would have thought of usung peanut butter! My grandma taught me to add a little sugar to salsa if it's too spicy and I have found that it works really well.

Loddelina said...

Thanks for visiting, Lisa, I can't believe I have missed so many of your gorgeous posts - I have put you in my favoutites list so I don't miss any more...
enjoy your Arabic Christmas!

Beach Coast Style said...

great tip I didn't realize you could take the temp down.

Catherine @ The Spring said...

Ha! Nice Save! It's so lovely to stumble across your blog - it's giving me lots of really beautiful inspiration for our upcoming move/ new home/ all new furniture!

- Catherine @ The Spring (an Ontarian with a love of Muskoka living in Brisbane, Australia)

Anonymous said...

Such a great tip. I suppose honey or sugar would take some of the spice out. I will try it next time things get too hot! xo

designchic said...

What a great tip...would never have thought to use peanut butter.

Pinecone said...

Who would have known that the spices would be more potent. Luckily you were able to save your chili - thanks for the tip!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Our quick fix has always been dairy - a dolop of plain yogurt or a gulp of milk. Glad to have a few more tips in my apron :)

Samul Swan said...

So great! *Love* your captions.
Kitchen Fire Suppression


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