How to make hot sauce?
Everyone has there own homemade hot sauce recipe that they treasure. Wherever they got the recipe or however it was created, hot sauce is something treasured to many. Hot sauce, what a wonderful thing. The passion, mysteriousness and obsession of this condiment lives inside many of us. The spice and fruitiness of hot sauce captures our taste buds and never lets go. Of course, if you enjoy the spice. Some people cannot handle the capsaicin.
What is capsaicin? Capsaicin is the chemical found in peppers, which gives them their spiciness. Peppers, hot peppers come in many different varieties. Jalapeno, serrano, thai chili, habanero, scotch bonnet and so much more. Each and every one of those peppers bring a different level of heat and flavor. Commercially grown peppers are typically the same across north america. You might find some odd varieties here and there but generally your looking at the same flavors and amount of spice across north america. If you want to really elevate your hot sauce game, the best way to do so would be to buy some unique hot pepper seeds and grow your own hot peppers. If you do some research online you can find some interesting varieties of hot peppers with unique flavors. Trial and error is the best way to do it. Some of the best hot sauces I have ever tasted come from people who have turned their own crop of hot peppers into their homemade hot sauce recipe.
The basic hot sauce recipe goes like this. Hot peppers and vinegar blended together. That’s it! Sounds pretty simple to make homemade hot sauce. Most things in life start with simplicity, but of course human nature is to complicate and sophisticate once simplicity bores us. Interesting additions to elevate can be garlic, onions, carrots, cilantro, different vinegar varieties, and so much more. You can juice your peppers, you can puree your peppers, maybe strain your peppers after pureeing or even add xanthan gum to thicken the hot sauce.
What is xanthan gum? Xanthan gum is a thickener used in hot sauces and many more condiments. Very little is needed.
homemade hot sauce recipe
My homemade hot sauce recipe is a great recipe, but also can be a starting point if you want to add your own personal touch to it. Add flavors you enjoy to make it your own authentic hot sauce.
- 5 habanero peppers stemmed and chopped
- 1 thumb size ginger diced
- ½ sweet onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 cup vinegar of your choice I used white vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp chili flakes
Add all ingredients into a pot and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes with lid covering pot
Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add all ingredients into a blender and puree. Pour into bottles and refrigerate. Enjoy!
Homemade hot sauce recipe using hot pepper mash
There is a lot of craze these days on making hot sauces from a hot pepper mash. We all know the most popular hot sauce ever, to be made this way. Tobasco, is fermented for some time in oak barrels and that is the unique flavor that comes out of the fermentation process. Making a hot pepper mash is really easy. Check out my hot pepper mash recipe here. To make a hot pepper mash hot sauce you just add ½ Cup of hot pepper mash to a ½ Cup of vinegar of your choice. Puree the mixture, and it is up to you if you want to strain or not. Straining it will give a more smoother and commercial kind of hot sauce. Where not straining it will give it a more chunkier and thicker consistency. I think it comes down to whatever your personal preference is.