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Jenny Hot Sauce (homemade Green Tabasco) January 11, 2011

Are you looking for a little heat in your life?

Need to spice up your long winter nights with a little kick?

Jenny Hot Sauce is your answer!

Beautiful fruit and veggies are tough to find at this time of year.  But the bin of jalapenos always seems to be bright, green and shiny… and CHEAP.

I pay anywhere from 10 to 20 cents per jalapeno pepper, and get about 1 ounce of Jenny Hot Sauce per pepper I use.  That’s 20 cents per ounce, max!

On the other hand, Green Tabasco sauce is 70-90 cents per ounce.  And it’s not as fresh, and I don’t control the ingredients.   And I end up with yet another package to recycle.

Jenny Hot Sauce, as it’s been named at our house, is too easy to make.

1.  Destem the peppers (and, if you wish – as I do – to keep the heat palatable, take out the seeds).

I put the peppers in water to clean them off just a bit, as shown on the right.

For gosh’s sake, don’t touch your eyeball.  Your fingers have some jalapeno hot oil on them at this point, and itching your eye is not a good idea!

(or you can wear gloves and be completely safe).

2.  Put your peppers in the blender.

3.  Add vinegar to almost cover the peppers (3/4 should be covered.)  Add some salt to taste.

4.  Chop, and then liquefy, the peppers.

Note 9/14/11: I also add garlic cloves to this step, which gives the sauce some tangy garlic goodness.

5.  Put the mixture in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low.

Simmer until the mixture is at your desired consistency, about an hour or so.  Stir occasionally.

6.  Cool down in the sauce pan.  Add back into the blender, and liquefy to desired consistency.

Be sure to leave the lid ajar in case the hot sauce is still, ahem, hot (you know, temperature hot – not spicy hot).

Pour into a clean jar.  I use a cleaned olive oil glass bottle.  Don’t put the lid on until the sauce is completely cooled.

Store in the refrigerator, and it will keep for a couple of months.

There you go – Jenny Hot Sauce, at a fraction of the price, with much better, fresher flavor!

Let me know if you experiement with this one— did you add herbs, use different peppers, etc that made it better?   In spring, will you be growing your own peppers to make a special blend?

Life is better when it’s HOT!


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