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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Jun 4, 2018 11:00 AM CST
This probably would have been good to post *before* I planted the peppers, but I'm me and here I am...ox before the cart. Rolling my eyes.

I want the make some vinegar hot pepper sauce this year. Naturally I want it to taste good and not just be hot. I wouldn't mind making some "regular" pepper sauce and some "hot" pepper sauce but my first priority, though, is to make a pepper sauce with good flavor but that won't be too awfully hot. I'm not a hot pepper thrill-seeker or anything, just like good taste with a little heat. (Not knocking those that are hot pepper thrill-seekers!!!! Blinking Green Grin! )

These are the hot peppers I planted. I will (and anybody else that wants to) timidly nibble on a few during dinner along with peas, cornbread, squash, tomatoes, etc., but the main goal is a good pepper sauce. Anybody want to rate them for heat and taste, maybe even thoughts on recipes or combinations?

Tabasco Hot Pepper
Cayenne Long Red Slim Hot Pepper
Serrano Chili Hot Pepper
Cayennetta Hybrid Pepper

Thanks!!!!
Ed
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 4, 2018 11:25 AM CST
The first three are "good heat but not too hot" in my book. Thumbs up I'd put Tabasco as the hottest. The forth, Cayennetta Hybrid Pepper I'm not familiar with but guessing it's a smaller version of a cayenne type pepper.

Haven't tried them all together but it's kind of giving me a hankering to try some. nodding
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Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Jun 4, 2018 11:29 AM CST
The basic recipe that I've found contains the following ingredients:
1 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil optional for extra hot pepper sauce
Peppers, enough to fill the bottle 1/2 to 2/3 full.

I have seen where people use white, apple cider, or balsamic vinegar (adds a little sweetness) or combinations of these.

Salt...will canning salt work ok, so as not to leave a residue? I saw one place to use kosher. What about pickling salt?

So two identical bottles of peppers could be regular and extra hot by simply adding olive oil???

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 4, 2018 1:45 PM CST
I like your idea of experimenting. Thumbs up I've only made it using Tabasco peppers with white vinegar and kosher salt, Louisiana style, which is how my dh likes his. It isn't really a sauce but more of a pepper vinegar. The brine is used as a condiment sprinkled on just about everything.

Canning salt will work. I've also heard that adding olive oil will heat things up.

I have the recipe somewhere but here's one similar if not the same: http://www.atthepicketfence.co...
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Newyorkrita
Jun 4, 2018 2:35 PM CST
Good luck!! I never grow hot peppers so can't be of any help.
Name: Ed
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Intheswamp
Jun 4, 2018 4:19 PM CST
@wildflowers, thanks for the feedback. "Good heat but not too hot sounds good. I may have to do a taste sample tonight. It will be a learning experience for me and I intend to take notes so maybe I can reproduce the recipe if I hit on one that I like. Thumbs up

My mother use to make it each year. She wasn't a big gardener but usually tried to have a hot pepper plant or two in a flower bed. I may ask some of the ladies at church about making it, too.

Of course, if I do the taste test tonight ya'll might not hear from me for a day or so...I might get "burned out" on it all. Blinking nodding

Thanks for the well wishes, Rita. It will be interesting what this turns out to be....napalm or something less. Rolling on the floor laughing
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