Wednesday, July 24, 2013
One POUND of 1 Million SHU Pepper Extract: Who Wants It?
One-pound containers of concentrated 1-Million SHU (Scoville Heat Units) pure pepper extract are now available and on sale at the Carolina Sauces online store!
This extremely HOT food additive* is made in the USA (Massachusetts, to be exact) and is independently certified and guaranteed to have a heat level of 1,000,000 Scovilles +/-5% by HPLC, A.O.A.C. Capsaicin Analysis Method. (*It cannot be called a hot sauce because it is NOT for direct use on served food, and must only be used as an ingredient.)
If you're wondering just how hot one million SHUs of heat is, then this product is not for you.
But we'll answer your question anyway:
A raw jalapeno pepper generally measures around 2,500 to 5,000 SHUs. Texas Pete Hot Sauce, one of the mildest hot sauces available, barely registers 1,000 SHU while the original Tabasco Hot Sauce is about twice as hot as that.
A raw habanero pepper generally measures over 100,000 SHUs with some of the hottest varieties reaching over 300,000 SHUs. The infamous Dave's Insanity Sauce falls within the lower end of the habanero heat range, but feels far more intensely hot with a longer-lasting burn than any raw pepper because of the addition of a little bit of pepper extract (i.e., capsaicin extract or oleoresin) to the sauce.
One drop of 1 Million Scoville units of concentrated pepper extract is the equivalent of eating 10 habanero peppers simultaneously, except that the burn will linger in your mouth (and stomach, and on your skin should you touch the extract) far longer without abatement. It can literally take your breath away and cause your heart to skip a beat -- not to mention the effect on your bowels. Now imagine what one pound of 1,000,000 SHU capsaicin extract can do...
Yes, we DO require you to read and sign a liability waiver, and also acknowledge that you're over 18 before we let you purchase this item from our website.
So why would anyone ever want to buy 1 pound of 1,000,000 SU pepper extract?
For any or all of the following reasons:
1. If you make your own hot sauces, wing sauces, fiery BBQ sauces, etc., just one container of this extract should last you several years at least. If you're a caterer or otherwise cook for large gatherings of fiery-food lovers, e.g., at a fire station or military base, on a Navy ship, etc., one container may last you a lifetime. And if you're neither of those, a single container could probably be passed down through generations of your descendants before someone needs to buy more.
2. It's a must-have for hot sauce collectors or anyone looking for a tabletop conversation piece. Yes, it's the perfect gift for that special (or "special," as in, "bless their heart") person you're thinking of as you read this.
3. It doubles as a driveway cleaner, deer repellent, and personal defense weapon.
I'm sure there are more reasons, including some we do NOT advocate and won't even mention, but I'll leave those to your imagination.
Buy 1 lb. pepper extract 1 Million SHU while it's on sale and save over $11 -- and much more if you calculate your savings from never having to buy another capsaicin extract ever again!
PS: If a smaller size of pepper extract is more your style, check out our selection of capsaicin or pepper extracts, in a variety of concentrations, sizes, and concoctions.