How to Make Capsicum Extract

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How to Make Capsicum Extract
Capsicum is able to be digested as soon as the peppers have been slightly broken down. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Although capsicum is what gives hot peppers their heat, it is also often considered a healing substance. It helps against heart attacks, aids in balancing blood sugar levels and levels out blood pressure. However, obtaining the sole healing properties of the peppers without having to consume a pepper a day can be difficult, and is not for the light of stomach. By creating your own extract, a small amount can be mixed in to food everyday to not only add flavour but also the healing properties that the peppers bring.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup fresh small hot peppers
  • Gloves
  • Small knife
  • Cutting board
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Cheesecloth
  • Small dark bottle, with stopper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on the gloves. Rinse them under cool water to remove any dirt.

  2. 2

    Cut the stems off of the peppers, leaving the seeds intact within. Discard the stems.

  3. 3

    Place the peppers in the blender and cover it with the vodka.

  4. 4

    Place the lid on the blender and blend the peppers on high until they are completely blended, but still slightly chunky.

  5. 5

    Place the cheesecloth over the small bowl, folding it twice over.

  6. 6

    Pour the blended peppers in to the cheesecloth. Allow the water to strain off in to the bowl.

  7. 7

    Press out the remaining liquid from the cheesecloth using your gloved hands.

  8. 8

    Pour the liquid in to the small bottle. Keep it in a dark, cool and dry place until needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Never handle the peppers without gloves as they can cause chemical burns.

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