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These babies are way to hot for me to eat cooked or with food.   Any suggestions on  hot sauce recipes, pickling or other ways to reduce the heat a bit.  I love spicy food but these are acid hot.

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Scott, those are hotter than any I use, but I've found I really enjoy the different flavors of different hot peppers. I can't even eat a habanero pepper, so I use the method that supposedly gave 7 pot peppers their name. Use 1 pepper for 7 posts of chili. Common sense i know, but the only way i have found to use super hot peppers is to use a small bit of one so I can enjoy the particular flavor without turning into a whimpering mess.

The only other use I know of is to film yourself eating a whole one, put it on YouTube, and hope the number of hits makes it worth drooling, puking on yourself, and crying in front of the hopefully millions of people that view it. That seems to be a trend.
 
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Trade them for something edible?
 
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I'd expand a little on what Trace said:
1. get a variety of milder peppers, dry them all, and make your own mix to add sparingly to whatever you're making?
2. peppers can be frozen without blanching, but in this instance I would worry that would make a bigger problem. Pepper residue on the hands can cause irritation and be difficult to remove, so I'd be inclined to preserve it in the form and quantity you will use, all at once, to decrease clean-up issues. (like freezing in teaspoons on a tray and then bagging frozen)
3. Use them blended in water to discourage mammals from eating your growies? Birds are tolerant of many peppers, so it won't stop them. I don't know about insects. Hmmm... I wonder if it would work as slug repellent?
These are just my off-the-cuff ideas. Good luck!
 
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Thanks, Trace.   I ate a piece the size of a pencil eraser and it made me miserable.  I hate milk but drank two glasses.
 
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Jay, good idea.  I was thinking next year I might plant more mild peppers and use them very sparingly to make a hot sauce or something.  Maybe not though they are so hot as to make one miserable.  
 
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I second these suggestions, but I would most likely use them for repellent. I make a sweet pepper relish that is great on pintos, etc. It would be easy to jazz it up with a spicier pepper, but probably not with those crazy-hot peppers. I had a bit of honey to the relish to temper the zing. Try eating a spoonful of honey to chase hot peppers.
 
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