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Hot Sauce - First Batch

Posted 2021-01-21 Tags: hot sauce cooking

I guess I have taken up fermenting hot sauces, as seems customary during a pandemic. I've made and bottled my first one, and while I do not have the best tools for the job yet, I am hoping to procure some. t's quite a lot like sriracha, but a bit fruitier and quite a bit spicier. I did boil it, but I think not quite enough, because I don't think the fermentation has completely stopped (you can see I put a fermentation lid on in the picture). I think I'm going to try doing this again in the future, next time I have extra hot peppers.

Hot Sauce

The Recipe which I mostly made it up as I went. Be warned the word "yeast" figures prominently.

  1. Obtain through some means, a bunch of hot peppers. Mine were from a local farm. I also had a few that we grew in our very own home garden. The peppers I used were "cherry bomb" peppers and thai hot peppers.
  2. Cut off the stems. Turns out it's also important to cut off the opposite terminus end if you want to avoid yeastiness. I also added a slice of peach (not a great idea, makes extra yeast).
  3. Put all of the above in a brine. I used kosher salt and water. I didn't really measure, I just went with gut feelings.
  4. Realize that the fermentation lids you bought are the wrong size, and order a different jar, but while waiting for that new bigger wide mouth jar to arrive, butcher two of the lids to go onto the smaller jar.
  5. Weigh down the peppers so that they're under the brine. This is important and I didn't do it well enough, and things got extra yeasty as a result.
  6. Wait a couple of days.
  7. When the new jar arrives, bemoan the fact that once again the jar is the wrong frigging size, but just roll with it.
  8. Filter out some yeast while transferring to the new jar. Retain the brine, strain it in a sieve, then strain it through cheesecloth, then strain it through a coffee filter. Pack the peppers in tightly, then weigh them down properly. Poke holes in the lid for the big jar, and then cover the holes with cheesecloth.
  9. Wait like a week or so.
  10. When things look so yeasty that you're like "do I throw this out?" then do the thing with the yeast again - strain it, sieve it, filter it, retain the brine
  11. Rinse the peppers, then put them in a good size pot. Add a bit of strained, de-yeasted brine and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Bring it to a boil.

That's it, that's the recipe. Enjoy!