Homemade Hot Sauce

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Homemade Hot Sauce

If you have any farmers markets in your area, and see some good prices on hot peppers, it's really easy to make your own fresh hot sauce. I suppose it's a little cheaper than buying the bottled stuff in the store too, and the color is way more vibrant.

All you need to do is throw a pound of hot peppers (i usually use fresno peppers or cayenne peppers) into a pressure cooker along with a cup of cider vinegar, two teaspoons of sea salt and a few splashes of hickory liquid smoke. Pressure cook it for 3 minutes. Then throw it all into a blender with a few cloves of fresh garlic and puree it all. Pour it through a fine mesh strainer and that's it!

This is one thing that expense doesn't even enter the picture in my way of thinking... homemade things without the countless preservatives we can't pronounce are always better looking and taste better. I'd make a lot of my own things like this even if it would cost the same as bottles.

I assume white distilled vinegar wouldn't work for this, is that right?

This is great! I do not have a pressure cooker though. I guess boiling it for a while will also do. I'll probably do this but I'm cutting everything in half. I'm the only one at home who likes hot sauce and the original amounts will be too much for me.

Hot sauce is so freaking cheap that I wouldn't bother to make it.
I had a coupon and bought 2 big bottles of Louisiana hot sauce for $1.56.
The only way I could justify making hot sauce is if I grew my own garlic and hot peppers, which would essentially make it free.

White vinegar should work too, that's probably what's in most commercial hot sauces. I've since tried some other peppers with mixed results. Hungarian hot peppers - not very good, and they lost color. I also tried hot cherry peppers. Not bad, but they aren't very hot and have a slight bitterness to them.

Ah, good to know! The white is so "mild" and distilled that it isn't really like vinegar at all, but still I like it better in some of the things I make.

Today I made pickled red beet eggs and when that juice is cooking, whoooooooah does that smell! :-) But the result in 5 or 6 days will be worth it. I don't think that would work with white... not enough flavor to actually pickle anything.

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