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Spice Drops Mon, 04/7/08 6:50 PM (permalink)

Does anyone know what the underlying philosophies are of the spice drops used by competitive chili cooks?

It seems that they have an initial drop after the chili first hits a boil, the heat is turned down and then there are drops every 30 minutes or so for roughly 2 hours.

Anyone familiar with this? Is the first drop the basics (salt, pepper, etc), the second mild spices and the last serious spices? Is there a method to the layering?


Eric Devlin
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    RE: Spice Drops Mon, 04/7/08 7:26 PM (permalink)
    At first, I thought you meant these:

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      RE: Spice Drops Tue, 04/8/08 12:32 PM (permalink)
      Well, I do add some dark chocolate, but that's as crazy as I get.


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        RE: Spice Drops Tue, 04/8/08 1:03 PM (permalink)
        My guess is would be they cook down peppers and chilies to gather the oils. Maybe they add this in stages to maintain heat/flavor? I've never seen this done before, but it does tweak my curiosity now.
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