Butcher’s bangers are siz­zling hot

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

A BUTCHER claims to have cre­ated the hottest sausages in the world - con­tain­ing an in­gre­di­ent used as an elephant de­ter­rent and an an­titer­ror­ist weapon.

Staff at tren­dall’s butch­ers, in Mar­ket Place, Oun­dle, have pro­duced the Pork In­ferno Sausage af­ter cus­tomers asked them for some­thing spicy.

Af­ter tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from an Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion pro­gramme, the butch­ers cre­ated the sausage by mix­ing a blend of hot in­gre­di­ents.

These in­clude paprika, chilli pow­der and Bhut Jolokia chilli pep­pers - known as ghost chill­ies – which are recog­nised by the Guin­ness Book of World Records as the hottest chilli pep­pers in the world.

Ac­cord­ing to the book, ghost chill­ies are 401.5 times hot­ter than Tabasco sauce.

In north-east­ern In­dia, peo­ple use ghost chill­ies to keep wild elephants at bay, by smear­ing them on their fences.

And in 2009, sci­en­tists at In­dia’s De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion an­nounced plans to use the chilli pep­pers in hand grenades, as a non-lethal way of flush­ing out ter­ror­ists.

As well as a food and a spice, the chill­ies are also used as a rem­edy for those suf­fer­ing from sum­mer heat, by in­duc­ing per­spi­ra­tion in the con­sumer.

Stu­art Mcdon­nell, a butcher at Tren­dall’s, said: “The sausages are ex­tremely hot. Any­one eat­ing them will need a glass of water or two to drink.

“I don’t know of any other butch­ers that have cre­ated a type of sausage like this. “We be­lieve they are unique.

“They could be the hottest in the coun­try, or even the world. We just hope that our cus­tomers like them.”

The new sausages went on sale for the first time yes­ter­day, and are priced at £11.25 per kilo.

Mr Mcdon­nell said that if the sausages proved a suc­cess, then the firm would con­tinue to sell them.

He added: “Some of our cus­tomers came in the shop and specif­i­cally asked for a more spicy sausage.

“We scoured the in­ter­net and found a clip from an Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion pro­gramme which fea­tured ghost chill­ies be­ing used in foods and showed just how hot they were.

“We or­dered some and then cre­ated the sausages by mix­ing the chill­ies with sausage meat, as well as paprika and chili pow­der.

“The re­ac­tion we’ve had so far has been very pos­i­tive. But it’s early days yet – we’ll have to wait and see.

“We pay great at­ten­tion to our cus­tomers and their re­quests.

“If they like the sausages we’ll keep on mak­ing them.”

MOUTH AND EYE-WA­TER­ING: Martin Tren­dall at his Oun­dle Mar­ket Place butch­ers where he sells “prob­a­bly the hottest sausages in the world”.

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