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Here's How: Control the Heat of Your Jalapeños (or Any Hot Peppers)

02/06/2014 12:46 pm ET | Updated Apr 08, 2014

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Every hot pepper holds a surprise: exactly how hot it will make your chili or your fajitas. Even a regular jalapeño can range in heat from barely there to set-your-mouth-on-fire spicy. So how's a chef supposed to get control of her peppers and know what she'll be biting into?

You decide how hot you make your food when you change up how you prep your pepper. Banish your fear of making food too spicy by learning to prep in three different ways. Depending on your technique, you'll be able to turn out food that's predictably mild, medium, or hot.

Here's how: