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How to Cool Down Your Mouth After Eating Spicy Food
Meet the Heat Lover!
After living in New Mexico for 6 years and spending 3 of those working in food service, I've enjoyed hot food to excessive limits.
In the process, I learned a few tips and tricks to manage these pains of culinary delight. Some are traditional, others are unusual, but all are vouched by my own personal and professional experience as a waitress in a New Mexican restaurant for 3 years!
The Tongue Tormentors
Apparently, the milk solids in milk can do great things when it comes to cooling your oral fires. Simply order a glass of milk when you request those XXX Heat Enchiladas, and you'll feel better right away!
In addition to a nice, cool glass of milk, consider ordering plain yogurt or sour cream, too. The same premise works in these instances, but they can go even further as the simple beverage.
For example, if your curry turns out way too spicy, add a dollop of plain yogurt to your serving and stir. This cuts the killer heat from the source, and will make your nose only run a little bit.
It's kind of like the blue cheese or ranch dressing served with hot wings, but on a simpler scale.
How often do you indulge in spicy foods?
Sip Lemon-Lime Soda
Many other websites will tell you to eat bread or place ice cubes on your tongue to cool down your mouth after eating spicy foods.
Although these can help in some instances, ice or water very rarely make an impact and the burn of a really hot chile will cut through any amount of bread.
Instead, my secret trick to survive the nuclear levels of heat in my favorite green chile chicken stew was lemon-lime soda. Every time. For one, the combination between savory heat and sweet, tangy soda is very pleasant, and somehow those bubbles strip your palate of the killer flavor.
It's a fantastic go-to cure for hot mouths, and I've used it on countless occasions for both my own needs and those of others!
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Balance Your Plate
There are many ways to decrease the heat in your mouth after eating spicy foods, but many are not direct, significant cures for the condition.
Think about your favorite types of food. In many cuisines, you'll find a soothing, balancing scoop of rice alongside scorching meats and veggies. That helps you eat a nice blend of hot and neutral, which can cut down on the fire.
Anytime you can distribute the burn across your plate, you will cut down on the pain!
The Exception to My Rule...
What Doesn't Work
Although I hate to nay-say potentially good yet subjective advice, I must say that alcohol and citrus very rarely cut the heat for me or my customers.
Alcohol: Some bloggers say that a glass of cold beer can be a major help in times of crisis, and I can vouch that a nice, light beer can be very refreshing. It does not necessarily cut the heat itself, but might be useful if you're of age and have one handy.
Others say that wine is a good beverage to cool your mouth with after eating spicy foods. Personally, wine very rarely helps this problem, and can even cause more distress! Naturally, this all depends on you and your distinct tastebuds, but realize that none of these solutions are one size fits all!
Citrus: Like light beer, citrus can be a wonderfully refreshing addition to any meal and it is a notorious palate cleanser. It may strip away strong flavors, but it does not always remove the burn. If you do try this remedy, be sure to add it to the food -- not to your mouth! That could be cataclysmic!
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