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What’s the average sizes and weight of one dried Carolina Reaper pod?2019-08-08T16:44:26+00:00

The sizes and weights may vary. Dried Carolina reaper pepper pods can range from 1 to 2 inches in length, over 0.5 to 1.5 inches wide, with a weight of 0.03oz to 0.06oz.

What would be the conversion of fresh pepper to the reaper mash/pepper puree? How many peppers would be in 1 gallon of pepper mash / pepper puree?2021-03-14T17:27:12+00:00

Our pepper mash and pepper puree are made from fresh chili peppers. Our pepper mash and pepper puree contain 87-90% fresh peppers, 8-11% salt, and 1-3% vinegar.  A gallon of pepper mash is 8lb mash. Therefore, in 8lb /1gal of mash, you get at least 7lb of fresh peppers.

Pepper mash and pepper puree are made from the same formula.

What is the quantity of Carolina Reaper pepper mash that equivalent to one Carolina Reaper pepper pod?2020-10-25T17:30:10+00:00

Our Carolina Reaper peppers average 180 fresh peppers per kilogram (2.2 lb.)

Our pepper mash contains 87-90% fresh peppers, 8-11% salt, and 1-3% vinegar.

The retail mash is then heated to stop fermentation activity, which results in a loss of approx 15% of the weight due to water evaporation.

Therefore, approx 180 peppers are in one kilo of retail mash, approx 5 peppers per ounce.

Is the pepper mash and pepper puree still usable after the expiration date?2020-10-25T17:47:08+00:00

FDA allows us to promote specific shelf life for each specific item.

Your sauce maker / co-packer will know the answer to this question.  Once you process food ingredients you are changing the shelf life of the final products by cooking or adding preservatives.  Proper storage and handling can also affect the shelf life of the pepper mash and pepper puree.

A pH test is a great indicator of your pepper mash/ pepper puree condition.  Taste and smell the product before using it.

Is it safe to ship your bulk fermented pepper puree or pepper mash (unpasteurized) with a standard carrier in hot summer?2021-03-14T17:30:46+00:00

Yes, it’s safe to ship our fermented pepper mash and pepper puree.  We make the pepper puree/mash and then add 1-2% of natural acetic acid (vinegar).  The acetic acid deters/slows the growth of the harmless yeasts and molds that want to grow in warm temperatures.  If the fermented pepper mash does develop a “veil’ of these harmless yeasts and molds on top of the pepper mash, you can simply scrape it off the top of the pepper mash and then use the pepper mash. Our unpasteurized fermented pepper mash contains living lactobacilli for fermentation.

Please note that our fermented pepper mash and pepper puree must be further processed, like cooking, or different type of kill step, before using it.

How many fresh pepper pods in 1kg (2.2lb) pepper mash?2020-10-25T17:43:51+00:00

The answer varied by the pepper variety, as every pepper weighs differently.   Approx 180 Carolina Reaper peppers are in 1kg Carolina Reaper pepper mash.
Approx 140 Ghost chili peppers are in 1kg ghost pepper mash.
Approx 100 jalapeno peppers are in 1kg jalapeno pepper mash.

Our Carolina Reaper peppers average 180 fresh peppers per kilogram (2.2 pounds).  Our pepper mash contains 87-90% fresh peppers, 8-11% salt, and 1-3% vinegar.  The retail mash is then heated to stop fermentation activity, which results in a loss of approx 15% weight due to water evaporation.

Therefore, approx 180 peppers are in one kilo of retail mash, approx 5 peppers per ounce.

How do you guys pack the dried pepper pods? Because I’m sure that dried pods are fragile and may break on shipment.2020-10-25T17:24:17+00:00

When chili pepper pods are too dried, they will break easily.  Our pepper pods are in the correct percentage of moisture, which keeps them a bit flexible so they will not break during shipment.  In addition, our warehouse determined how to pack each order and if to add bubble wrap or packing peanuts to the carton.

Does your fermented pepper mash / pepper puree contain sulfites?2020-10-25T15:38:30+00:00

Our pepper mash and pepper puree contain 87-90% fresh peppers, 8-11% salt, and 1-3% vinegar. No preservative added to our chili pepper mash | pepper puree. Our Naturally occurring sulfites occur in many fruits, vegetables, fermented foods as well as fermented pepper mash/pepper puree. As we don’t add sulfites to our pepper mashes, they are not tested for sulfites. In the U.S., FDA labeling regulations do not require finished products to indicate the presence of sulfites in foods unless it has been added specifically as a preservative. Therefore, our retail mash labels say, “may contain sulfites”.

Could you guide us to cut capsicum oleoresin 3 or 6 million SHU with soybean oil (or such) to reduce it down to 1 mill, formula or ratio?2021-03-14T17:32:26+00:00

You can estimate the SHU by splitting the mass of the product and mixing it within a ratio.

For example, 24kg of 6mil SHU would need to be added at a 1:6 ratio if your goal is a final product with 1mil SHU.

That is for every 1kg of capsicum you would need to match it with 6kg of soybean oil. So 24kg would in theory make 144kgs of 1 million SHU final product.

 

I will say that it is challenging to calculate exactly without testing it. Scoville ratings are defined per unit of dry mass, but the comparison of ratings between products having different water content within the solution can mislead those numbers.

For instance, if the solution is soybean oil-based, the spiciness will be slightly dulled by the oil even if it is at 1 million SHU.

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