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Lesson 2

A round red bumpy pepper on a white background The Building Phase

Build up over time – take baby steps As you get accustomed to these mild chilies and sauces, you can try stepping up to slightly hotter options like jalapeño peppers, guajillos, and Fresno peppers. Or in the world of hot sauces, steps up include Tabasco Original Red Sauce or Sriracha sauce. Over time, you will be able to work your way up the Scoville scale to moderately hot sauces like Blair’s Original Death Sauce (30,000 Scoville heat units) or Dave’s Insanity Hot Sauce (51,000 SHU) and beyond. Don’t approach each step as “one and done”. Live at your new heat level for an extended period, until the spiciness becomes more like a normal everyday flavor than a surprising shock to the palate. It should still be spicy tasting, just not immediately uncomfortable.