Saturday, November 5, 2016

Make your own hot sauce!

Homemade hot sauce
Saturday, November 5, 2016

If you had a bumper crop of spicy peppers and want to make your own hot sauce, it is super easy and inexpensive!  All you need to buy is apple cider vinegar.  Or you can make your own.......Make your own flavored vinegars 

I take a pint jar and either use fresh or frozen JalapeƱo peppers from our garden.  I slice them in half and fill the jar, add 5-10 cloves of garlic and cover with Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar and let sit for a few weeks in the pantry.  I then put all contents in the jar into a food processor and put back into the jar.  Wah-la!  Homemade hot sauce.  If you like it hotter, add habaneros, cayennes or other hot peppers.

We use hot sauce to make wings for football game day watching.  We grill the chicken wings, then put into the sauce and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

For the sauce, I use about a half jar of the pickled garlic and peppers with 3 tablespoons of butter, 1/8 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.  If you would like a thicker sauce, use 1 tablespoon of corn starch dissolved in cold water and then add to hot sauce.  Let simmer for 5 minutes and it is ready for the wings.

You can use any hot peppers you have.  Have fun and experiment until you find a taste that is perfect for you.  Peppers are one of the easiest veggies to grow and do great in a pot or in the ground.  Peppers are for every taste and garden  They will even grow indoors if placed in a bright spot.

For other ways to preserve your bountiful pepper harvest, see Preserving peppers

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