homemade hot sauce

Homemade Tabasco Sauce

SOME LIKE IT HOT! We sure do.

And if there is one thing we can grow REALLY REALLY WELL, it's our hot peppers. So what does one do with bushels upon bushels of tabasco peppers? Make sauce!

Hot sauce contains Capsaicin which is actually good for your digestive health as it helps stimulate blood flow and speeds up the metabolism. It's also known to make you happier as it releases endorphins and sustains your good mood. Overall, a pretty good food!

Warning: This sauce is SUPER LEGIT SPICY. Unlike the habenero hot sauce from the past, this is to be dabbed onto food, not poured (unless you enjoy torturing yourself and have a stomach made of iron). Also please wear something to cover your face while cooking as it will make you cough and burn if you inhale the smoke. You have been warned!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb of tabasco peppers
  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 tsp of salt

Instructions

  • Puree the peppers in a food processor.
  • Move to a pot and add peppers with the vinegar and salt.
  • Cook to a boil for 5 minutes then remove from the flame and let cool.
  • Put through a fine strainer and allow the juices to seep through.
  • Bottle up and refrigerate!

Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce recipe

If there is one thing we grow a lot of, it's spicy peppers. Serranos, cayennes, jalapenos, thai chilis, tabascos, ghost peppers (yes, those) and habaneros! I have developed an affinity for habaneros and their pretty color, and have since started cooking with them in just about everything. Making a hot sauce was naturally the next step to making it last through the seasons.

This recipe is great because it's not so hot that it burns your whole mouth off, but has some really delicious sweet tones that don't burn your tongue. Also I have found it to be quite different from any other hot sauce I've tried before. It's good on just about everything.

So, are they healthy for you? They are. Habaneros contain capsaicin which lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and aids in slowing down cancer cells in the prostate. Like other chili peppers, it speeds up your metabolism forcing fat cells to be used as energy. So enjoy this healthy condiment and use liberally (or as much as you can handle) in all your meals!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chopped peaches or nectarines with pits removed (frozen works great)
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar  a touch more if your peaches aren't sweet) 
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 10 - 12 habanero peppers, stems removed and cut in half ( Wear gloves! I actually wrapped a clean dish towel around my mouth as well because breathing in was making me cough). 

Instructions

  1. Combine everything but the habaneros in a medium sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down a bit and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat, add the peppers and blend (with an immersion blender or a stand up blender) until the sauce is completely smooth.
  3. Let it cool, bottle it up how you wish (mason jars work great!) and refrigerate. It should last several months in the fridge.

recipe adapted from forrealslife