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#1 of 4 Old 02-08-2006, 06:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I went to buy guacamole ingredients today, and couldn't find a jalepeno. I found a serrano, which I know is hot, but I don't know how hot relatively. I know the heat develops over time in the guac, so I don't want to do it to taste. It would probably knock my socks off by tomorrow So, can anybody advise me on how to use the serrano in place of a jalepeno? One for one? Half a serrano to one jalepeno? One serrano to half a jalepeno? 3.14159 serranos per 6.02 x 10^23 jalepenos?
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Serranos are 10,000 to 23,000 Scoville units (measure of heat in the pepper) and a jalepeno is 2500-5000 Scoville units. I've never had a serrano, I don't think, I'd use half, and half the seeds too.

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I'd probably use half of the serrano with NO seeds! The seeds is where the heat is and they can get ya!

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Serranos have some kick! Personally, I'd start with maybe 1/4 of the pepper, no seeds, and then let it sit overnight and see what you think. You can always add more, if you want.
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