Friday, August 7, 2015

I Made Hot Sauce!

The Fiery Food Fest in my city is coming up soon. I am super excited! I love all things spicy. 

 I had a bunch of extra habeneros, so I made a sauce to keep the peppers from rotting. This is a very simple sauce, and is just a showcase for the flavor of the peppers. If you're really serious about making sauce, I think it would be better to experiment with adding garlic, onions, herbs, carrots ect.

All I did was cut the seeds out of the habeneros (leave the white part - that's where most of the heat is!), and put it in the food processor with some vinegar and lime juice. This site has a breakdown of how much acidity you need to prevent botulism (complete with nifty pH strips). Most people say 20% vinegar is a good guess.

You also want to be careful about what you're going to put it in, especially if you're not going to eat it within a few days. I highly suggest you sanitize any container you use.

Strangely, after about a week, my sauce lost some of its heat. I'm not sure if it was because I kept it in the fridge, or if some weird reaction took place.

My infertile Hawaiian chili pepper and its friend, Alien Skull, chilling with my new hot sauce.

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