Cheese that is not for the faint of heart


This cheese is for a special request for a friend.  Pepper jack made using ghost peppers and Habanero infused salt.  This cheese may need to have a warning on the package when opening.  What is a ghost pepper you ask?  for several years this pepper was rated as the hottest pepper in the world.  It is rated as 400 times hotter the Tabasco sauce.  I have a package of dried ones to use for this cheese.  Only 2 peppers will be used.  I like how the package warns that you need to use gloves to touch the peppers and prepare them.  The is no chance that i would ever make this without gloves.  I have sliced up spicy peppers without gloves before then rubbed my eyes, ugh it was not an experience I ever want to repeat.

Ghost peppers are grown in Inda.  They are a hybrid variety of pepper.
Ghost peppers are grown in India. They are a hybrid variety of pepper.
Two and only two peppers for the mix.  I could smell the spice as soon as I took them from the bag
Two and only two peppers for the mix. I could smell the spice as soon as I took them from the bag.
Doesn't seem like a lot of peppers for the entire 4 lb wheel of cheese.
Doesn’t seem like a lot of peppers for the entire 4 lb wheel of cheese.

Cheese curds were a little spicy when I put them into the mold to press, but not to bad.  As it ages I am sure the heat will migrate out  into the cheese.

Only a few specs of the ground peppers showing on the surface.  Not much showing for the amount of heat these little peppers have
Only a few specs of the ground peppers showing on the surface. Not much showing for the amount of heat these little peppers have.

And for comparison a chipotle jack that I made at the same time as the ghost pepper one.
And for comparison a chipotle jack that I made at the same time as the ghost pepper one.