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Jalapeno

The jalapeño is a medium-sized chili pepper, belonging to the Capsicum annuum species. Originating from Mexico, it is renowned globally for its unique spicy taste, which can range from mild to moderately hot depending on the individual pepper. Jalapeños come in various shades of green to red as they ripen and are often consumed in their green state when they're younger and milder in flavor. Jalapeños are a versatile ingredient in various dishes, including salsas, poppers (stuffed and deep-fried jalapeños), and alongside main courses as a side. They can also be pickled, candied, smoked (known as chipotle), or used to make hot sauce. Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, this pepper does not only add flavor to dishes but also provides a host of health benefits.
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IN FRESH VEGETABLES
28
CAL / 100G
$0.07
AVG / OZ
jalapeno
84%
CARBS
5%
FAT
12%
PROTEIN
Jalapeno FAQ
Cooking with jalapeños is an art requiring an understanding of not only the pepper’s heat, but also the way to balance it. The most common issue people have when cooking with jalapeños is underestimating their heat level which can drastically alter the desired taste of the dish. Additionally, people usually forget that the heat mostly resides in the seeds and the white ribs inside the jalapeño, not so much in the flesh. So, one can adjust the spiciness of their dish by controlling the addition of these parts. To get the most out of the jalapeño, it's crucial to taste a tiny bit before adding it to your dish, to assess its heat level as it varies with each pepper. Also, remember to handle jalapeños with gloves to avoid 'hot pepper hands'. A lesser known tip is that if you’ve added too much jalapeño and your dish is overly spicy, adding a bit of dairy (like yogurt or cream), sweetness (such as sugar or honey), or acid (like vinegar or lemon juice) can help balance the heat.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does jalapeno expire?
On the countertop, green fresh jalapenos usually begin to lose their quality after a week, and in the fridge, they can last for 2 weeks or more. When canned or pickled, jalapenos can comfortably last a year past the expiry date indicated on the package as long as they're properly stored and not exposed to contaminants. Once a jar is opened, however, the contents need to go in the refrigerator and it will have a lifespan of up to two months. For frozen jalapenos, you can expect a shelf life of about 8-12 months.
How do you tell if jalapeno is bad?
A jalapeno has gone bad if the flesh starts getting soft or developing black spots. Also, if the inside has a moldy smell or any visible mold, then it is best to discard it. Shriveled, wrinkled skin is another sign of aged jalapeno, but they could still be used in cooking if they don't show any other signs of spoilage.
Tips for storing jalapeno to extend shelf life
• Store fresh jalapenos in a cool, dry place away from light. • If you want to extend the shelf life, store them in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. • To prevent condensation (which can speed up the spoiling process) in the fridge, you can put a paper towel in the plastic bag. • If you want to preserve jalapenos for a longer time, consider pickling, canning or freezing them. • For freezing, slice or dice them, spread them out on a baking sheet, freeze until solid and then transfer to freezer bags. By this way, they won't clump together and you can use the amount you need without defrosting everything. • Always remember to label your jars or bags with the date.
EXPIRES WITHIN
11 - 21
DAYS
Health Info
Macros
0g
CARBS
0g
FAT
0g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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