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Breakfast: Heat Things Up or Cool it Down with Jalapeno Bacon

Jalapeno peppers In the world of specialty bacon, there is nothing like jalapenos to bring a bit of complexity and heat to the breakfast table. They are full of capsaicin and generally ring in at around 4,000 Scoville units. In comparison,...

Jalapeno peppers
Jalapeno peppers

In the world of specialty bacon, there is nothing like jalapenos to bring a bit of complexity and heat to the breakfast table. They are full of capsaicin and generally ring in at around 4,000 Scoville units. In comparison, some of their relatives, like bell peppers, don’t even register on the heat radar. And then there are others, like Carolina Reapers. They have a 2,200,000 rating, which makes them hot enough to inflame a person’s tongue. No matter where you like your peppers to be on the Scoville charts, the good news is combining them with bacon will mitigate some of the heat. Here’s why:

Capsaicin is known to irritate our mucous membranes and sensory neurons. So, the more a pepper has the more we’ll feel the burn. Of course there are things that can soothe our membranes and nerves too. That’s where bacon comes in to save the day. Fatty foods, like bacon, coat the mucous membranes and calm a person’s sensory neurons. Thus, combining jalapeno peppers with bacon pits the fat against the capsaicin. As a result, the jalapenos give the bacon just the right amount of bite to be intriguing and tasty.

Grilled Jalapenos and Bacon
Grilled Jalapenos and Bacon

If you buy specialty bacon seasoned with jalapenos but are still wary about the potential for heat, put those fears to rest. It is possible to mitigate the bite even further by adding other ingredients to the meal, like rich cheeses and other dairy products. For example, you could crumble up the crispy, jalapeno bacon into bits and put them inside of a cheese filled omelet or a soufflé. They could also be added to a cream cheese covered bagel, cheese balls or BLT sandwiches. Pairing them with anything fatty or made from milk should do the trick. To discover more ways to heat things up or cool them down with specialty bacon, please contact us today.