We've turned an obsession in to a business! Here at The Chilli Alchemist, we live and breathe chillies and making delicious and unique chilli products is a very healthy outlet for our obession. We like to think that we know a fair amount about the delicious fiery fruits and each sauce we make is designed around the flavour notes of each chilli we use. Many cultures use chilli primarily for flavour and recognise the heat as secondary to the taste, something we agree with. Therefore, we don't go overboard with our heat levels and ensure that each sauce is a perfect blend of ingredients that compliment the chilli and add great variety to your meals. We only use fresh, whole chillies or a little dried chilli if using smoked peppers. We don't use chilli mash (which is a cheap and often salty way of preserving the fruits) or any products that do not meet with our high standards. We locally source the freshest ingredients we can find and have a great network of quality local suppliers for all ingredients.
As for the method behind the sauces, The Chilli Alchemist takes hygiene and safety very seriously. Our sauces have been independently, microbiologically tested by a UKAS accredited laboratory in order to determine their safety, opened & unopened shelf life and provide peace of mind. Furthermore, The Chilli Alchemist has been consistantly awarded the top Food Hygiene Rating of 5 by the Food Standards Authority and is regulated by Trading Standards and Weights & Measures. Our hygiene certification can be verified here: http://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/business/the-chilli-alchemist-kingswood-south-gloucestershire-1054764.html
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Contrary to what some may think, The Chilli Alchemist bares no association with the occult, dark magic, devil worship or anything similar. Our theme is centred on the old chemistry developed by the alchemists which is why we use bulbous bottles, corks, wax sealing and test tubes in our range of products. You will not (nor will you ever) find any reference to religious themes such as hell, the devil, evil etc. Each product we make has its own alchemical symbol which can occasionally be confused to be runes (which they are not). We only use symbols relating to the product such as heat (a plain triangle) & ginger (two ‘z’ letters linked by lines). Symbols associated with evil, such as inverted pentagrams, will never appear on our products. We just want to make quality chilli-based products provided in attractive packaging that has a hint of medieval chemistry.
A little history for you…
Alchemists were early practitioners of what would become modern chemistry and alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Its practitioners mainly sought to turn lead into gold. Alchemy was rooted in a complex spiritual worldview in which everything around us contains a sort of universal spirit, and metals were believed not only to be alive but also to grow inside the Earth. When a base, or common, metal such as lead was found, it was thought to simply be a spiritually and physically immature form of higher metals such as gold. To the alchemists, metals were not the unique substances that populate the modern Periodic Table, but instead the same thing in different stages of development or refinement on their way to spiritual perfection.
Beginning about the year 100 and reaching its flower in medieval times, alchemy was an art based partly upon experimentation and partly upon magic. Early investigators of natural processes centered their search on a mythical substance they knew as philosopher's stone, which was supposed to possess many valuable attributes such as the power to heal, to prolong life, and to change base metals into precious metal — such as gold." (This "philosopher's stone" was not a literal stone but instead a wax, liquid, or powder that held magical powers.)
The word alchemy is thought to derive from an Egyptian word, 'chem' or 'qem,' meaning black — a reference to the black alluvial soils bordering the Nile ... We know that the Greek word 'chyma,' meaning to fuse or cast metals, established itself in Arabic as 'al kimia' — from which alchemy is derived. The Arabic role in the spread of alchemy is significant; many books on alchemy were translated into Arabic from the Greek before being introduced to European audiences.
The alchemists did not regard all metals as equally mature or 'perfect.' Gold symbolized the highest development in nature and came to personify human renewal and regeneration. A 'golden' human being was resplendent with spiritual beauty and had triumphed over the lurking power of evil. The basest metal, lead, represented the sinful and unrepentant individual who was readily overcome by the forces of darkness. If lead and gold both consisted of fire, air, water, and earth, then surely by changing the proportions of the constituent elements, lead could be transformed into gold. Gold was superior to lead because, by its very nature, it contained the perfect balance of all four elements.
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