Making hot (Tabasco) sauce
According to Wikipedia, Tabasco sauce is a hot sauce made from a particular type of pepper, Capsicum frutescens of the Tabasco variety. The peppers are mixed with vinegar and salt and the liquid is hot and spicy. Tabasco is a brand name, I should mention, (like Kleenex is tissues and Coke is a soft drink).
Anyway, basically this is hot sauce that you can make yourself. You won't have the mystique of the name and the bottle, but it will taste as good.
You'll need a bottle or jar with a good top that seals, like a Mason jar. You'll also need about twenty chili peppers (red or green, your choice). You'll need two tablespoons of sea salt and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Take all the ingredients and put them in the blender together until everything is well mixed. It should look look like tomato sauce. Pour the ingredients into a saucepan and let it come to a boil then let it simmer for a few minutes on low heat. Add this mixture to your bottle or jar and cap tightly. Let it sit to ferment for at least two weeks. Real Tabasco sauce ferments for a few years.
You can try various kinds of peppers in this mixture to raise or lower the heat index.
WARNING: When working with hot peppers, protect your hands. Also, don't breathe in fumes while the mixture is in the blender or while it is cooking!
Watch a video on the making of Tabasco sauce.
What can you use hot sauce on? What CAN'T you use it on?
Eggs, burgers, cheese sauce, French fries, hot dogs - you name it.
I will be in Tennessee next week on the Quest for the Sweetest, Hottest Pepper in the World Book Tour.
April 3rd, 4th and 5th ~ Quest for the hottest, sweetest pepper in the world tour in Tennessee for That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook including stock signings at B&N and Books-A-Million.
On Wednesday, we will be in Gatlinburg at The Pepper Palace to begin our search for the hottest, sweetest peppers in the world! We've heard this is the best place for the hot stuff!
We will delivering some free copies of That Old Flame of Mine to the King Family Library in Sevierville. We heard the librarians there have a secret spot to shop for their hot peppers!
We will also be visiting some of the HOT spots in Pigeon Forge to continue our search!
On Thursday morning, we will be popping in at a few pepper hide outs in Knoxville before continuing to Union Avenue Books to talk about That Old Flame of Mine and distribute some of our hot pepper goodies that we have found on the way! Look for us there at noon!
We are driving to Nashville after that to visit the replica of the Parthenon where the Goddess Athena herself (a devoted lover of hot peppers) will give us some tips on where to find the sweetest, hottest peppers in the world!
After that, we will be at the LAUNCH EVENT for That Old Flame of Mine at Mysteries and More Bookstore in Nashville with some free books and other surprises.