My mother in law taught me how to do the best hot sauce ever. She just never told me to wear rubber gloves and preferably not to touch the suckers!! The first time I made hot sauce, I touched the suckers.
I didn’t have a food processor or blender at the time, so I hand chopped a whole big bag full of Habanero & Scotch Bonnet peppers. Great, some of the hottest kinds known to mankind… Half way through chopping, my left hand that held on to the peppers (while the right hand kept chopping), started to go a little numb. After a while it felt as if it was dead. I couldn’t almost move it. Since I wasn’t done with the chopping, I had to suffered through it .
All well that ends well. My hand was numb for almost a week and I seriously thought I had damaged some nerves in my hand forever. But it got all well again. Thank god for that. So please, don’t chop massive amounts of hot peppers by hand!! All is well now and I have become a “mean hot sauce making machine.”
Hot sauce can be varied after your own mood and tolerance.
If you don’t like the hot sauce to be very hot, use mild peppers or season peppers. You can also “calm it down” by adding regular sweet peppers.If you really like it hot, use any kind. I actually use a medley of anything and everything. Both hot and mild peppers.
There is a fantastic website http://www.chileplants.com/ (Cross country Nurseries) where I now buy most of my pepper plants. You decide the delivery time in the spring and they all come nicely boxed up. Very convenient I must say. They also sell eggplant & tomato plants.
I have a backyard where I grow lot’s of things in the summer. But you don’t have to have a backyard to be a great gardener, plant some in a container or a pot. Outside in the summer or inside in the winter.
2 cups of hot peppers (Any kind of your own choice)
1/2 cup of white vinegar.
2 tbsp dry herbs. (Any of your favorite kinds.)
1 tsp mustard. Dry or powder.
(My mother in law puts a little turmeric into her sauce for the color, but I don’t.)
1 tsp of oil (I use olive oil or whatever I have in the house.)
1/2 tsp of salt.
Pour all ingredients into a blender. (The blender makes it more smooth. A food processor makes it a little corse, but is ok.)
Blend all together well. A little longer if you are not sure. if it is done. Make sure it is smooth.
Poor into bottles or jars.
1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1/2 tsp ground cardamom or 1/2 green mango, well chopped. Not at the same time though. You can vary your hot sauce as you want. Anything goes.