Hot and Saucy

Following is a guest column by Dewar Boutilier, an experimental cook and hot pepper tester at the Braniacs Kitchen, part of Powell River Brain Injury Society.

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Now, don’t be thinking that this is something other than hot peppers and such. There are, however, peppers that will make you very hot. So here we go.

Some of the clients and staff at Braniacs love hot sauces on many foods that we eat and we have tried a large variety of hot sauces over the years. Several years ago we discovered a sauce called Blair’s “Death by Heat.” For over a year, this was the sauce of choice at Brainiacs. Then the bomb dropped and we couldn’t purchase “Death by Heat” any longer in Powell River.

At this time I was travelling to Edmonton and, lo and behold, I found some in a store there; I bought three to bring back with me. This venture to Edmonton, however, didn’t cure our problem – it was only a bandaid. Unbeknownst to any of us, our fearless leader Debbie went online to the “Death by Heat” website and ordered a kit of their best and hottest sauces.

One of the sauces that came in the kit has ingredients that are 900, yes, you heard me right, 900 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper. But wait – one of the sauces in our kit was so hot that it is not, and I repeat not, to be used as a sauce nor is it to come into contact with your skin. It is only to be used as an ingredient when added to a large pot of cooked sauce. This 3 a.m. reserve has between 900,000 and 1,200,000 Scoville units, which is about as hot as you can find on the Scoville heat scale.

Now, you may be asking yourself, why? Well, don’t forget we are Brainiacs! You may also be wondering what any of this has to do with the Opportunities Fund. Let me show you.

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Because of the Opportunities Fund, Brainiac Kitchen clients were able to grow a large variety of peppers, and make delicious hot sauces to enjoy for the rest of the year.
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Brainiac Kitchen clients, with the help of chef Savanna, cooked up hot sauces and preserved them together.
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Some of the Brainiac Kitchen’s hot peppers drying for future use.

The Opportunities Fund Program is a financial assistance program designed to assist persons with a disability to obtain employment by providing funding for training, wage subsidies, funding for adaptive equipment and self-employment training.

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