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What is Purple Panda?
Getting tired of the same old hot sauces? Purple Panda is your new best friend when it comes to condiments. Our recipe puts a twist on traditional Sichuan chili oils by blending the perfect mix of spiciness, smokiness and flavor that will have you forgetting about the little red rooster in your fridge. Each batch of Purple Panda is hand made and infused with only the best chilis and spices, to bring you a condiment/cooking oil that is sure to make an appearance or two on all of your favorite dishes. #pourthepanda
So what's the deal with all this oil? Is it bad for you?
Purple Panda is made with expeller pressed, non gmo canola oil. What is expeller pressed you may ask? Well, it's a process that squeezes the natural oils of nuts and seeds (in our case, the rapeseed) without using chemicals to extract anything. Canola oil, which actually used to be called Rapeseed oil (not the greatest marketing strategy), has less saturated fat than any other oil commonly used in cooking. Lower saturated fats equal lower cholesterol levels. Canola oil is also very high in unsaturated fats (the good kind). It's particularly higher in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which the body doesn't make, but needs. All this scientific jargon making your head hurt? In short, NO, it's not bad for you. Canola oil is very versatile and can be used as a cooking oil or as a condiment.
Do you use non-GMO ingredients? is Purple panda organic?
We take pride in our product, and pretty much use it in everything we eat, so no, we don't use ANYTHING that is genitically modified, nor do we use any animal products. We use only the finest ingredients, from our oil, to our chilis, to the spices that make Purple Panda taste so mmm mmm good. Even though some of our ingredients are organic, we are not certified organic. Purple Panda is also vegan friendly. If we were to source all organic ingredients, the price of Purple Panda would almost double, which wouldn't make much sense to our consumers. Take a look at our ingredients list for more information.
How Spicy is purple panda?
Spicy is a relative term. We use Yunnan chilis in Purple Panda, and they come in at about 25,000 Scoville heat units on the Scoville scale. To give you an idea of the spectrum of the scale, smoked jalapeños come in at around 10,000 and Cayenne peppers are about 35,000. Habañero peppers come in at a whopping 250,000 Scoville heat units. So is Purple Panda spicy? We'd rank it in the medium spicy range. You won't end up with an ulcer, but it'll definitely tickle a tastebud or two. You'll find Sichuan peppercorns in each jar of Purple Panda as well. Although not spicy, they create a mild tingly, numbing sensation on the tongue that compliments the spiciness of the oil very well.
What can i use purple panda on?
This question should read, 'What CAN'T I use Purple Panda on?' Purple Panda was originally created as a condiment for phó, when our favorite Vietnamese spot in LA stopped serving chili oil. It quickly became the go-to condiment of choice, as it tagged along with us to pretty much every restaurant we frequented. From soups to rice dishes, to sauces, to pizza, to breakfast foods, to you name it. Purple Panda does not discriminate, and does not disappoint. Use it as a condiment, a dip, a glaze, as a cooking oil… get creative. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to check out our recipes section for some great ideas.
How long does it last?
Our official lab tested shelf life is a year, but it can easily last up to two in your fridge, although highly unlikely you'll have it that long.