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Cooking With Dad: Beating the Spice Game

The thing about kids, especially teenagers, is they have the constitution of a goat. They’ll sit back and eat anything and everything under the sun including spicy foods. Cooking with dad soon becomes about how many ways can we burn through our stomachs. We’re not all able to handle hot peppers and other major spices, but if you’re willing to take your time and follow a few simple rules, then you might be taking down those ghost peppers like a pro.

Take It Slow

Eating spicy food is like training for a marathon. You don’t wake up one day and decide you’re going to run 26 miles. You start out slow and steady, running a few miles at a time and going from there. Start your voyage to spicytown by adding pepper to your meals. When you can handle that, add a few banana peppers and then jalapeno. If you have the time to slowly get your body used to spicy foods, then it shouldn’t be a problem to eventually keep up with your children. If you experience stomach pains or discomfort that doesn’t go away, then stop. Not everyone’s constitutions are meant for spicy foods.

Keep the Milk Handy

Pepper, which is the primary ingredient in spicy foods, has capsaicin. Capsaicin is the reason why your body erupts in sweat and pain when you eat peppers.  It’s a lot like oil, in that it isn’t soluble in water, so drinking water or beer to get rid of spice pain isn’t going to work. Milk is a natural coolant for the body and has a compound called casein that bonds with the capsaicin and helps move it through the system. It won’t linger in your mouth and will head to your stomach with the milk. If you don’t have milk handy or don’t like milk, keep some lime or lemon on hand and suck on it after you eat. That will help cancel out the acidity of the peppers.

Eat Bread Last

If you plan to slam down spicy burgers or hot dogs or have a few slices of bread to go with your spicy hot wings, save the bread for last. The texture of the bread will help grab onto the oil-like capsaicin and take it from your mouth to your stomach. Eat the hotdog and burger first leaving the bun behind.

You’ll be the king of spicy food and worshipped by your kids. For more information and recipes for spicy foods, visit www.dadsthatcook.com.