How To Make Red Hot Sauce
Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe
Hubby gave these away to a lot of people, and he was always asked for seconds a few weeks later. Leave the aluminum foil on the jars when you give them away, as well as in your refrigerator. Make sure those that you give your hot sauce to know to keep the aluminum foil on at all times!
We had a lot of hot peppers when hubby decided to make hot sauce. He did it a few times, and this is the recipe he made up. This had rave reviews! It is flavorful, and not just hot. To see how hot your hot sauce will be, refer to the Scoville scale. Mix and match your hot peppers for interesting flavors.
Tips for making this Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe:
Put on latex gloves , and open a window if you can. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth while making this recipe. Watch for staining. Clean and core peppers. Note: leave some seeds. That is where the heat comes from. Your lids and glass jars should always be sterile. Your lids may come with the rings built-in. Leave the aluminum foil on around the jar at all times. Keep refrigerated.
Storing Your Hot Sauce
You can store your hot sauce in just about any container, but I prefer the classic looking 5 ounce long neck that most hot sauces come in called a woozy. You can purchase them here in a set of 6, 12 or 24 from Amazon. This is almost an automatic giveaway that your product is a unique condiment like hot sauce as this bottle type has become a distinguishable product but there are other ways of storing your sauce.
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Grandmas Chili Sauce Recipe
16 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes
6 onions, chopped
6 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. freshly grated or drained bottled horseradish, optional
1 Tbsp. celery salt
1 tsp. ground mace or nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
7 Ball® pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
Optional: Ball® freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner + Multicooker
Combine tomatoes, onions, green and red peppers, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, horseradish, if using, celery salt, mustard seeds and salt in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, for 1-1/2 hours, until sauce begins to thicken. Add allspice, mace, cinnamon and cloves. Continue to boil gently, stirring occasionally, until thickened and sauce begins to mound on a spoon, about 30 minutes.
Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
Ladle the hot chili sauce into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot sauce. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
Blanching To Remove The Skins
This option will remove the skins but not the seeds.
This is easiest done in a blancher. If you dont have one, you can just use a slotted spoon and a big pot of boiling water.
Blanch 4 to 6 tomatoes at a time. This will always depend on the size of the tomato. In the example pictures, I am doing Roma tomatoes. I like them for canning because they are meatier than other tomatoes. They are smaller too, so I can fit more in the blancher.
Canning Tomato Sauce Tip
I like to have two pots set up in my double sink. The one on the left is for the cold water to cool the tomatoes as they come out of the blancher. The one on the right is to slide the skins off into. The pots are lower than if you set them on a counter, which is easier on the arms, while the sink makes for easy clean up.
As you skin the tomatoes, slice them into a pot where they will be simmered.
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Custom Bottle Manufacturing Can Get Very Expensive
Most hot sauces are produced in glass bottles and the reasons are that the methods of sanitizing are simpler and less expensive for smaller manufacturers. This would also be true of someone starting a hot sauce business from their home. Read more in The Best Method and Machine For Filling Hot Sauce Bottles.
You can order custom bottle shapes, but this will increase the overall cost of your sauce and drive pricing up. Rockwoodglass.com has some outrageous looking bottle designs. Consider this as a marketing strategy if you have a unique blend or advertise where you sauce gets a lot of attention. The Generals Hot Sauce comes in a bottle the shape of a hand grenade. Not sure what that means exactly, possibly that you are facing death if you dare to consume it? It is definitely a noveltyand novelties sell! As mention previously, I prefer a 5 once glass woozy.
When Your Sauce Is Ready Prep Your Jars& lids Again
A little different this time though. You want your jars to be warm when you put the sauce in so that the jars dont crack and break. I fill the sink with hot water and keep my jars in the water bath till I am ready to use each one.
Put lids in a small pot on the stove keeping them warm do not boil
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How To Make Green Hot Sauce
Green Hot Sauce is made just like Red Hot Sauce, you just use jalapeños instead of fresnos. The green sauce is a little more mild than the red. To make green sauce:
How Do I Bottle And Sell My Home
A homemade hot sauce should should be on the acidic side of the pH scale with a pH of about 3.4. If it is on the alkaline side of the scale it will need to be poured into the bottles at a temperature between 140 and 180 degrees and then turned upside down until it is cooled. This is the hot fill and hold method used for filling glass woozy bottles.
Bottling a hot sauce for sale will take more than simply pouring it into 5-ounce woozy bottles and screwing the cap down tight. The product needs to stay fresh in the bottle for months as it is distributed through your shipping channels that you will set up.
In addition, there could be serious health risks associated with the improper bottling techniques that could lead to Ebola or Salmonella poisoning. This blog post examines the proper methods of bottling your homemade hot sauce and explores the option of mass producing and selling hot sauce out of your home.
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Anybody Have Experience Bottling Shelf Stable Hot Sauce
I would like to bottle up and store some Ghost Pepper hot sauce in small 1 or 2 oz bottles but I can’t find much about it online.
Here ya go, big resources here.
Jeez, the author acts like they’re handling plutonium…
I don’t have any recipes but I would assume that you could treat it like a salsa since it’s probably a lot of the same ingredients. It’s probably safer than a salsa since you’ll likely be using lots of vinegar. If you’re concerned about it though I would look into pressure canning and check out their recipes. Pressure canning allows you to basically boil any vegetable and keep it shelf stable. You can even can meats with a pressure canner!
Store Your Hot Sauce In Used Condiment Containers
Containers from condiments that you have consumed will work great for storing your hot sauce but make sure they are glass. Usually pickles, relishes and smaller portions of condiments will come in small, glass containers. Wash the bottle and cap properly with hot soap and water and keep in mind that they will not be vacuum sealed as they were when you purchased them. If you plan on keeping them for any length of time you should sanitize them as well.
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Where Do I Purchase Empty Hot Sauce Bottles
There are many locations to purchase bottles for the storage and sale of your hot sauce and they will always get less expensive per bottle the larger the quantity that you buy. The BottleStore.com has a great collection of 5 oz or 10 oz woozy bottles for your hot sauce. I prefer the 5 oz as I am always experimenting with small batches. They can be purchased for about $.46 each and includes the top. Here is a link to Amazon for a starter kit of 14 bottles that includes a funnel, caps, shrink capsules and chalk board label.
The Glass Bottle Outlet has great deals on bottles including their featured product the Boston Round. This is a classic bottle shape and is available here in cobalt blue, amber of clear. They also have a variety of sizes from 2 oz to 32 oz. I like the wide mouth of the Boston Round for thicker sauces.
Now that you have selected the bottle type for your sauce you will have to follow some procedures to help with preservation and keep it fresh after it is open. If you are bottling your sauce to be sold, your local health department will have specific procedures that need to be followed.
What Is Water Bath Canning
Canning is simply the process of applying adequate heat to high acid food that is sealed in jars for the allotted time necessary to kill off bacteria and micro-organisms that cause food spoilage. During heating, oxygen is driven out of the jars, causing a vacuum seal to form when the jars cool down. This prevents any outside micro-organisms and oxygen from getting back into the food. When done correctly, canning preserves food safely for at least a year, although probably much, much longer.
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Understandingfood And Drug Administrationguidelines
The FDA web site on How to Start a Food Business states that local and county health agencies will inspect food service establishments. You will need to contact your local health authority to find out any permits, insurance needs or other health regulations you need to follow. The list of regulations could vary from county to county and would be too large to include on this blog post but here is the link to state by state regulations.
Some jurisdictions allow for a Home Processor Exemption if you plan on making food out of your kitchen for reasons of selling product. However, hot sauce is listed as one of the foods that is prohibited from a Home Processor Exemption.
Why Make Homemade Hot Sauce
Because you can, and its extremely budget friendly. When you make your own Homemade Hot Sauce, you can also control the quality of the ingredients that go into the sauce. No matter what peppers you choose, Homemade Hot Sauce tastes fresher, and just so much better than anything that youll find on the shelves of your local grocery store.
If youre making Homemade Hot Sauce as a gift, its extremely budget friendly. Heres the breakdown of how much it cost to make 12 bottles of hot sauce.
24 Count Labels $3.73 on Amazon1 pound jalapeño peppers $0.99 at Kroger1 pound fresno peppers $2.99 at Kroger1 head garlic $0.50 at Kroger64 oz apple cider vinegar $4.49 at Kroger
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How To Store Hot Sauce
If you have decided just to make hot sauce for yourself, or if youre going to give friends the hot sauce to put in their fridge right away, pour hot sauce into a bottle with a tight fitting lid. The hot sauce will keep up to 6 months in the fridge. The longer the sauce sits, the more flavorful it becomes.
Hot sauce in sterilized bottle, if processed properly can last a couple years.
Red Hot Sauce Recipe
Food Service Establishment Permit
A Food Service Establishment Permit is available through the county per the state you live in and will be needed if you are processing sauce in your home kitchen. This is not easy information to find and I would recommend emailing the department in your county. This reminds me a lot like working in construction. You can have a full team of architects, engineers, construction managers and developers all providing their input but if you dont please the local inspector, you are done.
The permit that I applied for in New York State is only a few pages long and there isnt a cost for first time applicants. No license is received until physical inspections of the preparation area have been completed, and have passed their inspection requirements.
If you are not selling food out of your state, you are not subject to the FDA regulations and you may not have to register as a facility. However, if you are expanding sales outside of your state or if you plan on selling your hot sauce online you must register as a facility.
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Hot Sauce Recipe For Water Bath Canning
My entire family except for me loves hot sauce. They put it on just about everything. My husband grew up with it in a Hispanic household, as I grew up in a German household. Germans do sour not hot food. And my children wanting to be so much like their Papa put hot sauce on everything. My oldest wont eat her scrabbled eggs without it.
So now, instead of constantly buying it at the store, I thought about making it. Peppadew Malawi Piquante Heirloom Pepper from the garden make the perfect hot sauce. These peppers are super mild for any food and would go well in a tomato-based hot sauce.
What is best about the recipe is you can use any pepper you like. Make it hot with cayenne, tabasco, habanero, or Thai chili peppers or how about a mixture of two or three. My suggestion is to play around with your peppers that see what works best for you.
Sterilizing Bottles And Jars
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Boiling Water Sterilization Method
My go to method is boiling the bottles in water. To use this method, fill a put halfway and allow it to heat to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling place the bottles and lids in the water and make sure that the whole bottle is submerged for 15 minutes. Remove the hot bottles with tongs and place on a clean surface before use.
Homemade Hot Sauce Mise En Place:
Canning Jars Canning Lids and Seals Aluminum Foil
Add all ingredients, except one cup of vinegar to a blender.
and process on high until smooth you may need to do this in batches. After the last batch is processed, pour that one cup of vinegar into the blender. This will allow the bits and pieces of pepper, onions, and garlic left in the blender to dislodge. This vinegar with the bits also goes into your saucepan.
Pour the resulting sauce to a large covered saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes.
While your hot sauce is simmering, sterilize small glass canning jars, stainless steel tongs, rings, lids and stainless steel ladle in boiling water for 12 minutes, allow to cool, remove and dry.
When jars are dry and cool enough to handle, bring hot sauce back up to a boil. You want the hot sauce at boiling temperature when you transfer it. The liquid needs to be very hot to create the vacuum with your lid.
Using a stainless steel ladle, portion the hot sauce into the jars
leaving ½ headspace.
Put a lid on the jar, place ring, and tighten by hand. Turn jars upside down, allowing to cool until jars can be handled by hand.
Wrap jars in aluminum foil to keep out light. Put filled hot sauce jars in the back of your refrigerator for a week prior to consuming. Store in refrigerator at all times.