How to Extract Capsaicin from Carolina Reaper Using the NOIDS Herb Cooker

How to Extract Capsaicin from Carolina Reaper Using the NOIDS Herb Cooker

How to Extract Capsaicin from Carolina Reaper Using the NOIDS Herb Cooker

Difficulty Level: Easy
Total Time Needed: 2-3 weeks (including preparation and infusion time)
Cost: Moderate

Capsaicin, the compound responsible for the intense heat of Carolina Reaper peppers, has numerous health benefits including pain relief and metabolism boost. Extracting capsaicin at home can be efficient and effective using the NOIDS Herb Cooker. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to do it.

Why Extract Capsaicin?

  • Pain Relief: Used in topical creams to alleviate pain.
  • Metabolism Boost: Helps increase metabolism and aids in weight loss.
  • Flavor: Adds intense heat and flavor to culinary dishes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Dried Carolina Reaper peppers
  • High-proof alcohol (96% ABV or higher)
  • A glass jar with a tight-fitting lid for infusion
  • NOIDS Herb Cooker 
  • Gloves (for handling hot peppers)
  • A dark glass bottle for storage

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepare the Carolina Reapers

  • Wear Gloves: Capsaicin can cause skin irritation, so always wear gloves when handling Carolina Reapers.
  • Grind the Peppers: Using a food processor or grinder, grind the dried Carolina Reapers into a fine powder to increase the surface area for extraction.

2. Infuse the Capsaicin

  • Add to Jar: Place the ground Carolina Reaper powder into the glass jar.
  • Cover with Alcohol: Pour enough high-proof alcohol over the pepper powder to completely cover it. The alcohol will act as a solvent to extract the capsaicin.
  • Seal and Store: Close the jar tightly with a lid and store it in a cool, dark place. Let it sit for about 2-3 weeks, shaking the jar gently every few days to aid in the extraction process.

3. Filter the Infusion

  • Strain the Mixture: After 2-3 weeks, use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to filter the infused alcohol into a clean container, removing the plant material.

4. Set Up the NOIDS Herb Cooker

  • Transfer to Beaker: Pour the filtered infused alcohol into the beaker of the NOIDS Herb Cooker.

5. Reduce the Alcohol Content

  • Evaporation Function: Run the NOIDS Herb Cooker’s evaporation function to reduce the alcohol content. This will concentrate the capsaicin, making the tincture extra potent.
  • Recollect the Alcohol: The NOIDS Herb Cooker is equipped with a simple condenser that can recollect over 90% of the evaporated alcohol for reuse, making the process cost-effective and extra-safe.

6. Bottle and Store

  • Bottle the Extract: Pour the filtered and concentrated capsaicin extract into a dark glass bottle to protect it from light.
  • Store Properly: Store the bottle in a cool, dark place to maintain its potency.

Tips and Hacks:

Tip 1: Use High-Quality Peppers Carolina Reapers are extremely hot and provide a high capsaicin content, making them ideal for this extraction.

Tip 2: Safety First Always wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when handling hot peppers and capsaicin extracts.

Tip 3: Proper Storage Store your capsaicin extract in a dark glass bottle to protect it from light and maintain its potency. Label the bottle with the date and contents.

Tip 4: Usage Capsaicin extract can be used in small amounts to add heat to dishes or as an ingredient in homemade pain relief creams. Always handle with care due to its potency.

Conclusion

Extracting capsaicin from Carolina Reapers using the NOIDS Herb Cooker is an efficient and effective method to create a potent extract. By following these steps and tips, you can harness the heat and health benefits of Carolina Reapers right at home.

Enjoy your homemade capsaicin extract and handle with care! 🌶️🔬🔥