Posted by Tim Vidra / Monday, October 28, 2013
How To: Make Homemade Hot Sauce
When your father-in-law drops off a fresh picked bag full of late season serrano peppers, you have no choice but to make some hot sauce! With hundreds of variations in store-bought hot sauce, it is nice to pull this out of the fridge and bea able to say this is my own concoction!
Ingredients: (Adapted from Bon Appétit)
- 1 pound of fresh serrano peppers, stems removed
- 1 pound of tomatillos
- 3 whole garlic cloves
- 3T sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar
Begin by roasting your tomatillos and garlic under a broiler or directly on a grill, about 5 minutes, keeping a close eye and turning until skin darkens.
Once roasted, combine all ingredients (except vinegar) in a food processor, blending for about 1 minute. Once all of the ingredients are roughly combined, turn the food processor on and slowly drizzle in the vinegar, incorporating it into the spice mix.
Transfer everything to a mason jar and allow to sit on the counter for at least 24 hours, but you can let it go up to 7 days. I allowed my to sit for 5 days — the longer it sits, the deeper the flavor marinates. When you are ready to make your sauce, once again add the mixture to a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute.
Run the pulp through a fine mesh sieve, allowing the liquid sauce to drain. Using the back of a large spoon, continue to press and fold the peppers in the sieve to make sure you get all of the juice. Taste the sauce and adjust the salt to your liking. This will produce a hot sauce that really has an amazing depth of flavor. Transfer to bottles and place in the refrigerator.
You will be able to enjoy this sauce for 4 months. A fun, easy and delicious way to use up some peppers. Do you grow hot peppers and what are some of the ways you use them up?
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