Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!
The other day, I wrote about a culinary delight we partake of here at the Campfire.
I discovered I was not alone in these undertakings!
So, in follow-up, the Thirteen Year Veteran of Life and I tried a small portion of the world’s hottest peppers in the raw state. These are the Scorpion Pepper and the Carolina Reaper.
We are both aware of what a hot pepper can do to the digestive system so we elected not to be too stupid.
My son did not have much of a taste reaction other than the normal burning sensation and a runny nose. Immediately he had a lasting stomach ache, so I am glad we made smart choices in portions. I see we are not the only ones.
For me, exposure to capsicum is more than a friendly rivalry with my son, who is mostly unaffected from the neck up.
Herb Thiel from Haps with Herb had this to say:
We use pepper spray as a tool in the prison and I need to function effectively when it is deployed so I expose myself to peppers fairly often. Usually, it is by consumption.
Because it was a special occasion, ( I am not sure why) I did choose to rub diced portions of the Carolina Reaper all over my hands. They swelled and burned immediately, but I did not blister.
Inevitably, I touched my face and had to use the restroom. It doesn’t feel that great.
So, If you ever want to feel like red ants are biting you all over for several hours, go ahead and give it a whirl. Even after washing my hands thoroughly, my body continued to cook.
We did cook the peppers into a sauce but let me clarify; The flavor just isn’t there for us.
They are spicy, but the Carolina Reaper, a science experiment by Ed Currie, is a novelty bred exclusively for the heat or Scoville unit and not for taste.
That said, we low simmered onion, garlic, lime, and the peppers.
My reaction to slicing onions was more to write home about than eating a bit of Reaper. I know it would have been worse had I eaten more, but I was expecting this from peppers, not onion.
The only thing I would have changed is squeezing the lime over including the peels. It imparted a bitter taste.
The steam that this concoction gave off made the nose run, caused coughing, and burned the eyes.
Like I stated above, the spice of the pepper overwhelmed everything but the bitterness of the lime peel. It literally tasted like lava death. (Wait… That is figuratively)
We manned up and tried it, and in small portions could tolerate it. I think because we handle spicy on a regular basis, it was a little anti-climactic. I mean, after a certain point, fire is fire, unless…. It’s Brother’s Campfire
47 thoughts on “Carolina Reapers Explored By The Campfire”
My stomach had a reaction from reading this post. 🥵
Having worked with spicy a fair bit was a big influence on quantity consumed. Consumption of spicy works both ways! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶🌶 💩
Oft!! 😳 Now, I can do hot… But I’m not sure about this hot!! 🔥🖤
Maybe just Scotch Bonnet hot 😊🖤
Sounds like collateral damage to me! 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
They’re hot, alright. But now the next generation has a story to share and attempt 🙂 And kudos to you and the Thirteen Year Veteran for playing it on the safe side. People like to say “Try everything once” but always leave out “within reason.”
Within reason is good. What goes in has to go out. 🤠🔥🌶🌶
I like a nice bit smoky jalapeno or habanero in my food from time to time, but… And, holy moly, what’s with the guy eating burning wood?!
Haha! We can be tastefully tastebudless at times! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶🌶
Lol hahahaaaaa….lava death! I can smell the bitterness through your post. Good to know about the flavor. Sounds nice for an experience but I’ll take taste over heat any day of the week! Well, maybe with the heat.
Taste with heat is good. I think I stop at habanero. 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶🌶
Spicy but not lava death. That’s my motto lol
Excellent motto! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶🌶😂
So nice post about spicy 🥵 food !! So laughing also reading time , specially the man eating burning wood 🤣
Your son like you only so smart and handsome 😊👍🏻💕 dried chillies put hot water for awhile then take out
and grind with small onions very tasty to add any dishes our cooking 👌😋hand burn also hands
Put in little bit hot water few seconds and the burning sensation will go off ,coming from China chillies not
so hot and we buy that, India chillies too hot ,Malaysian fresh green big chillies no hot , small one
Only very hot 🥵 my comments sometimes can help your cooking 😀👌🙏🌷
Thank you for the compliments! I am proud of my son!
I also appreciate your cooking advice!
Thank you so much for this lovely comment message 🌷🙏♥️😊
Your son is Best and grace wishes to him 👍🏻💕Blessed weekend 🙏
You as well Friend! 🤠🔥🙏🏼🤗
Too spicy hot for me …Have a great New Year.
Haha! It takes a keeper of the Campfire to enjoy such heat! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶🌶
I’m not used to eating hot peppers. I don’t think I could do what you and your son did!
Haha! I bet you know a but about (aboot?) Canadian cuisine though! 🤠🔥🌶🌶
I love hot, spicy foods, but as I have gotten older, my stomach can’t tolerate them anymore. Feels like strong acid dumped my stomach. Lord, how I miss Mexican food covered with hot picante sauce.
You are not kidding. My stomach always gives way first!
Also… What goes in must come out! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶
My digestive system is always the first to suffer—food, stress, everything affects it.
Completely bonkers, Benjamin!
I suppose you may have a point! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
I received an email from your daughter saying (I paraphrase), “My dad bought the spiciest pepper in the world and touched it and now he is getting a taste of it without even eating it!”
Ha ha! Very accurate!
I had a bad experience with habanero when working in a restaurant that even after wearing gloves, and prewashing my hands taking a piss was still quite painful. I might be slightly masochistic but you my friend are completely…I don’t think I ever met anyone who rubbed their hands on purpose with a hot pepper just analyze the reaction. You are one hell of a 🔥🌶️🥜
We are using Chillies 🌶 most our cooking’s tasty food and very carefully 👌😊
I will take 10 dried chillies,put hot water half an hour soak and take out !!
15 small onions peeled and this two nicely grind and keep fridge , then
Cooking time we use one or two teaspoons add curries , not so hot and
tasty also , green or red fresh chilly big we vege frying time one or two can use
My cooking style comment on hot pepper users 😀👍🏻🌶
I like it! 🤠🔥🌶🌶🌶
Thank you so much and so welcome 🙏 🌷
Hahaha you are braver than me!!
I am a wimp… except when I had Covid and couldn’t smell or taste then I was all about these things while I had the chance 😄😄✌️the bonus of Covid lol – I ate things normally I would never touch!! So that was fun for a minute lol
But yeah once when I was maybe 7 or 8 … I was eating pretzels 🥨 while my parents cooking – they were using some kind of hot pepper and one piece got on one of my pretzels and I couldn’t handle it / made me cry and my aunt was a nurse and said stick a piece of white bread in my mouth and suddenly the heat was gone ❤️ thank god
But normally nope I am wuss lol ✌️
I can handle small heat but not massive heat
Haha! It takes a little practice, but it is unnecessary to engage! 🤠🔥
I will not be engaging lol … Taco Bell hot sauce maybe lol
Haha! I can drink Diablo like coffee!☕
Hahaha 😄😄 yeah Diablo outta my zone
You are too funny 😄😄
Herb is always so on point.
I used to love spicy but I haven’t been eating much of it lately so I think my tolerance is pretty low. Kudos to you for playing it smart with the portion control and turning it into a sauce.
Seriously, I am thinking that three run-ins with covid have killed my taste buds considerably, but it has not affected my common sense!