Tip of the week

June 07, 1998|By Seattle Times

Here are ideas for buying and using hot pepper sauces:

* When buying a hot sauce, consider its flavorings as well as its heat level.

* Refrigerate opened bottles of hot sauce to retain the flavors.

* Shake hot sauces before using.

* When using a hot sauce in a recipe, add it near the end of cooking, if possible, to preserve more of the flavor.

* When adding hot sauce to a dish, start with a very small amount, then taste and add more if desired, making sure it's not too hot. With many dishes, diners can add more hot sauce at the table, if they want.

* If you've used too much hot sauce, you can dilute the heat by adding more of other ingredients, such as tomatoes in a pasta sauce. Or top with cooling sour cream or yogurt.

* Try a sweet hot sauce over cheesecake or a tropical-fruit ice cream, such as mango.

* To cool a hot sauce's flames in your mouth, try drinking whole milk or beer. Both work far better than water, which isn't much help.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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