By Robin Bashinsky
January 23, 2016

As peppers go, habaneros  are near the top of the capsaicin scale (the compound that contributes spicy heat). Try these techniques to take control of the flames.

For maximum heat: Use the whole habanero.

To lessen the heat just a little: Remove seeds.

To bring heat down moderately: Shave away all inner membranes.

To eliminate as much heat as possible: Blanch seeded, sliced chiles for 10 seconds.

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