National Hot Sauce Day
Hot sauce is a condiment or salsa made from chili peppers and other ingredients. Pour on that hot sauce today! Whether your eating eggs, tacos, chicken wings or whatever it is you like to put hot sauce on, today is the day to do it up! If you are not all that into eating spicy foods or sauces then you can celebrate today just by learning some fun hot sauce trivia!
Did You Know …
- The burning sensation experienced when consuming hot sauce is caused by capsaicin.
- The heat of a pepper can be measured using the Scoville scale which gets a number by diluting the sauce with an equal volume of water until people can no longer feel any sensation from the capsaicin.
- Capsaicinoids are fat soluble so water will not help with the burn in your mouth. The most effective way to relieve the burning sensation is with dairy products, such as milk and yogurt. A protein called casein occurs in dairy products which binds to the capsaicin, effectively making it less available to “burn” the mouth, and fat in the milk helps keep it in suspension.
- Archeologists have fun evidence that evidence of humans were using chili peppers in food as far back as 2,400 years ago..
- One of the first commercially available bottled hot sauces in America appeared in 1807 in Massachusetts.
- Tabasco sauce was created in 1868.
- Over 54% of households have hot sauce in their pantry.
- Hot sauce is actually healthy and contains good amounts of Vit C, A, B6, Potassium, Iron and Copper.
- The current hottest pepper as of 2021 in the Guinness World Record is the Carolina Reaper pepper. It showed an average of 1,641,183 SHUs on the Scoville scale. The Carolina Reaper was bred by Smokin’ Ed Currie of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company.
- Debra Emory took five shots of hot sauce in 15 seconds creating a World Record.
- On February 16, 2013
- Steve Shirley drank a 2-ounce bottle of Tabasco sauce through a coffee stirrer in 4.28 seconds making it a World Record.
- Hot Sauce shops is one of the fasted growing businesses right now.