Grow Your Own: Tabasco Sauce

Grow Your Own 2008We planted a pretty good variety of peppers this year, both hot and sweet. We had so many Tabasco peppers, I decided to make homemade Tabasco sauce.

So I Googled for recipes, and the same one kept popping up. That seemed like a good endorsement, so I tried it. I’ll be honest – I haven’t actually tried this on anything yet. I mean, I like hot food, but after whizzing it in the blender, I gave it a sniff and you know what? I have one piece of advice: Don’t sniff the blender 😉

Tabasco peppers

Homemade Tabasco Sauce

12 large Tabasco chile peppers, stemmed (I used 15 because that’s how ripe ones many I had)
1 clove peeled garlic
½ cup vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar

Boil the chile peppers and garlic in vinegar in a small, non-metal saucepan until tender. Puree in a blender with the salt and sugar. Run through a metal sieve if necessary.

Dilute this paste with more vinegar until it is the consistency of rich cream. Pour into a non-metal saucepan, bring to a boil, then pour into a hot, sterilized bottle to within ½ inch of the rim.

Run a sterilized knife around the inside of the bottle to release air bubbles. Wipe the rim clean and seal with a scalded top. Store in the refrigerator once opened.

From: Red Hot Peppers by Jean Andrews

Tabasco sauceThis is my entry in Grow Your Own, the twice-monthly food blogging event that celebrates homegrown produce and other items, originated by Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes and hosted this time by Heart and Hearth.

The roundup of all the recipes is here.

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4 Responses to “Grow Your Own: Tabasco Sauce”

  • Ning says:

    wow! This is one hot entry!!! Thanks for sharing with Grow Your Own! 🙂

  • KimL says:

    Thanks, Ning. I’m looking forward to seeing the round-up.

  • Andrea says:

    Ha ha ha! You say don’t sniff the blender, but my husband would be first in line to stick his nose in. He loves the hot stuff. Thanks for sharing this find, I’m sure we’ll be growing these peppers next year.

  • KimL says:

    Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn him! ‘Cause that’s gonna hurt! 😉 By the way, I’ve tried it on a few things now – it is pretty hot, but it has a nice flavor, too. You just have to be careful to drizzle it from a spoon, and not try to drizzle it from the bottle.

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