Different Types of Hot Sauces

Make Your Own Hot Sauce by Lava LipsHave you ever wanted to make your own hot sauce? If you’ve read our previously blogs then you’re becoming well informed about peppers and their history, pretty soon you’ll be an expert. Who said learning couldn’t be fun? And just think of how proud your teachers would be of you for taking that initiative, bravo!

Moving on, if you’re here right now I’m betting it’s because you’re interested in uncovering the secrets of making hot sauce (it’s right there in the title). Well let me begin by saying there are no secrets and it’s really not that difficult. You’ve probably seen the hundreds of different kinds of hot sauces, so who’s to say that you can’t make your own? Certainly not us!

Of course there are some brands of hot sauce that are worthy of your hard earned money – you’ve tried Sriracha right? I’d say that deliciously bold red sauce is worth every penny. But if you’re brazen enough to whip up your own blend you’ll be able to fine-tune the sauce to your liking and probably save some money.

Make Your Own Hot Sauce

Making your own hot sauce can be relatively quick and easy. There are hundreds of recipe books and links online that will take you step by step through the process. Our purpose is to provide you with the foundation that can be applied when you‘re looking to “wing it” and develop your own hot sauce.

Most hot sauces incorporate a blend of spiciness (duh), acidity, saltiness and sometimes bitterness. The base of any Hot Sauce, which helps provide the texture, consistency and taste, is commonly made with tomatoes and vinegar. You can sample different types of vinegars, and canned or fresh tomatoes are both acceptable. Just be aware that canned tomatoes sometimes have additional ingredients you may not want included in your concoction.

As you may have guessed the most important ingredient will be the pepper. Which pepper you choose and how much you incorporate is entirely up to you. Each kind of pepper will provide its own distinctive taste and level of heat. Our best advice is to sample different kinds (from the mild green pepper to the blazing Ghost Pepper) and cook them in different ways (baked, stir fried, grilled, etc.) until you decide what works best.

Finally you’ll want to consider the add-ons. These can be spices, vegetables, condiments, or anything else you think would go well with your blend. Commonly used “add-on” ingredients for hot sauces include; garlic, carrots, onion, lime, pickles, etc. The options are near limitless and it can be fun to play with all the different options.

The process of making your hot sauce is easy after you’ve chosen and prepped the ingredients. It’s simply a matter of cooking and mixing the ingredients to your liking. And remember the only way to find out what tastes best is through trial and error.

It’s certainly worth the effort to make your own hot sauce. Just don’t get discouraged when your first batch turns out gooey, burnt and inedible. Like anything else practice makes perfect. You’ll continuously need to tweak, adjust and alter the ingredients and process of cooking until you eventually stumble upon your own special blend.

Once you finally make your perfect batch you’ll be able to reap the rewards. Just think of how hot you’ll look the next time you walk into a party with your own home made hot sauce…and yes, that corny pun was intended. Now get out there and make your own Hot Sauce!


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