If you find yourself constantly craving the flavor of hot sauce, but you’re having a hard time finding just the right blend to suit your taste buds, you may want to try your hand at making your very own bottle of hot sauce. The appeal of making the perfect hot sauce is hard to beat, especially if you’re constantly having a hard time finding just the right one.
To make the perfect hot sauce you’ll want to start with the perfect pepper. Choosing a pepper is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. A jalapeno ranks closer to the bottom of the heat scale, topped by a habanero, the fiery ghost pepper, and the earth-shattering Carolina Reaper. To begin with, many recipes call for sautéing sliced peppers in oil with onions, garlic, and salt. Once cooked, you’ll put the mixture into a blender or food processor, and then eventually add in some vinegar and season with the amount of salt you desire. How much salt you use is often tied to the vinegar you’ve selected and, of course, the heat level of the pepper you’ve chosen. When finished, strain the sauce and pour it into an airtight bottle. Some recipes suggest aging the sauce in the refrigerator for up to two weeks to let the flavor fully develop, but you can use that bottle for up to six months. That’s if it lasts that long!
Of course, if you’re having a hard time perfecting just the right flavor at home, the great news is there are already countless varieties of hot sauce on the market to sample right away. From mild varieties to a rich selection of super hot, hot sauce flavors, let your taste buds lead the way in the quest to experience a range of new and satisfying flavors whenever and wherever you choose.