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Homemade Tabasco Sauce

Homemade Tabasco Sauce

The actual recipe requires it to sit for several years, but I came up with a much easier and quicker way to make homemade hot pepper sauce.

Ingredients

Fresh hot peppers (habanero, etc.)
to taste
Grain vinegar
50% of the amount of hot peppers
Salt
3% of the amount of hot peppers

Steps

1. First, remove the stems from the hot peppers. Weigh the peppers and note down the weight.
2. Roughly chop the hot peppers and place in a mortar. Removing the seeds at this point creates a nice looking sauce, but it will be less spicy than if you leave the seeds.
3. Mix the salt (3% of the weight of the hot peppers you weighed in Step 1) into the peppers and mash.
4. Boil a jar to sterilize. Transfer the mixture to the jar and add the grain vinegar (50% of the weight of the hot peppers you weighed in Step 1) and combine. Let the sauce sit in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Story Behind this Recipe

I grow my own very hot chili peppers, so of course I wanted to try making some Tabasco sauce. I learned how to make this from a friend who cultivates habanero peppers.