About a month ago we attempted to make our own hot sauce from a recipe we found in Mother Earth News. We followed the recipe exactly, let it ferment, and…threw it away! I am not implying that there was something wrong with the recipe, it just didn’t work out for us. We needed to weigh down the peppers so they could ferment properly. Lesson learned the hard way.
As a regular listener of The Survival Podcast I have become a fan of Chef Keith Snow, the founder of Harvest Eating. I recently became a subscriber of his videos on YouTube, where he offers a lot of great tips and recipes! I recently found a video he made about making your own hot sauce. I’m hoping we are able to find a small supply of hot peppers at our farmers’ market this weekend and give hot sauce making another try.
His method does not involve fermentation and looks simple enough. I’m also wondering if you could make a similar sauce using jalapenos in place of cayenne peppers. I can’t see any reason why not.
If you have a YouTube account I recommend subscribing to Keith’s channel. I find that his videos are always exceptional quality and full of great tips for any home cook!
*****Updated September 25, 2011*****
I followed the techniques in this video and my sauce came out beautifully! I used one quart of a variety of different hot peppers so I didn’t end up with as much sauce in the end. I am very pleased with the overall flavor, heat and consistancy. My husband also gave it two thumbs up! Looks like we’ll be growing hot peppers next year!