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Old 01-09-2007, 06:51 AM   #1
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Jalapeño vs. Cayenne

In doing research on spices, I noticed that there were very few blends using jalapeno powder. Most use cayenne. I have a couple of theories on why, what do you think - have you tried it? What did you learn/experience?

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1. inconsistency of the product.
2. color. green ribs? yuk.

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:05 AM   #2
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gator I haven't experimented with my own rubs so take this for what it's worth. In other things I have cooked I have noticed that cayenne can add heat without masking other flavors if used right. Same may be true for jalepeno, but when I have used them they tend to have a more distinct flavor that could even mask other flavors youre cooking with.
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How about ground chipotles? Same heat if not more, plus a nice smokey flavor.
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How about ground chipotles? Same heat if not more, plus a nice smokey flavor.
Scotty is right on. I've gone almost exclusivle to Chipotle Pwdr. Heat and flavor!
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:09 AM   #6
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I loves me some Chipolte Powder...a little goes a long way...
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I use cayenne mostly in my rubs. Anything I've had with powdered jalapeno in it had that same smell that you get when you open a bag of jalapeno potato chips.

I am also a big fan of the crushed chipolte.
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Curtis has hit on the use of cayenne, heat without a flavor print, when using jalapeno or other peppers it adds to flavor print and can take you place you were not looking for.

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If you want back heat (as in the throat) use cayenne..chipolte and/or hab powder. If you want front heat (as on the tongue) thats where the jap powder..white and black peppa comes in handy. Ideally a good balance should give just a light spark on the tongue with heavier heat toward the back. An overdose of nearly any of it will reach the point of burning the lips..which usually aint a good plan.

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Last shipment I got from North Western New York someone included some dried chipolte's in my care package. I just put them in my coffee grinder (which only gets used for spices) and gave them a spin. Made the best spice I have in the cabnet. Great flavor.
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