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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