The other day, my husband suggested that I try making some hot sauce with all of the peppers we have in our garden because we have so much of it. So, I did some research. I found out that there are so many different ways to make hot sauce, but I just chose the easiest, which is the “boil with the vinegar and blend” method.
It is super easy and quick! I don’t think that I will ever buy hot sauce again when I can make my own. Also, I think it would be fun experimenting with different flavored hot sauce. The possibilities are endless!
You will need the following:
- Lots of hot peppers: cayenne, jalapeno, Habanero, etc.
- White vinegar
- Ground chipotle chili pepper (dried)
- Bottles to put your hot sauce in
I used about 24 hot peppers (jalapenos and cayenne peppers).
I also used 2 very small onions (about 1/3 cup of onions), 1 whole bulb of garlic, and 1 carrot.
- Wash your peppers and prepare your onion and garlic.
- Slice the tops off the peppers. (You may want to wear gloves to do this.)
- Throw them all in a pot with the onion, garlic, and carrot.
- Pour white vinegar into the pot almost covering the peppers, garlic, onion, and carrot. I used a mixture of white and apple cider vinegar (95% white vinegar 5% red white vinegar).
- Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- After 10-15 minutes, remove peppers, onion, garlic, and carrot from the pot and place in a blender with a little bit of the vinegar that it was cooked in (just enough liquid so it can blend well).
- Blend for a minute or until it is smooth.
- After it has blended, pour it out from the blender and into a sauce pan.
- Add the vinegar that it was cooked in into the blend (little by little until desired consistency). I don’t like my hot sauce too thick, so I pretty much use all of the vinegar that it was boiling in.
- Add some chipotle chili pepper and salt. I used about 2 tablespoons of chipotle chili pepper, but I am not sure how much salt I used. I just added little by little until I thought it was salty enough.
- Simmer together and stir for a couple of minutes and then pour your hot sauce into your bottles (use a funnel). I used old sake bottles to put my hot sauce in.
- And, tada! You have hot sauce!
Update: I made another batch of hot sauce the other day and it was delicious. This time, I didn’t include ground chipotle pepper, onion, or carrot.
- 20 cayenne peppers
- 1/2 a bulb of garlic
- white vinegar
- Celtic sea salt
- 1 small/medium tomato
Note: I also reduced the amount of white vinegar so it was more thick and spicy.