What’s the one condiment you could never live without? If you’re like us, there is only one condiment to even consider — And that’s hot sauce! If you love it on everything from eggs to egg rolls and just can’t get enough, perhaps you should try making your own.

Sure, Sriracha, Frank's, and Cholula will always have a special place in your heart — and on your hot wings — but you can save some cash, and have fun customizing your blend a bit by making hot sauce at home. It’s also a great idea if you have an overload of peppers from gardening or if you bought too many in bulk.

 


 

Here’s how to make your own hot sauce

Step 1: Choose a pepper (or peppers) for your desired heat level

Peppers are measured using Scoville Heat Units (SHU), which denote how much capsaicin is present and how “hot” the pepper tastes. The Carolina Reaper is basically the surface of the sun with as many as 3.2 million SHU. Your basic bell pepper is at the bottom of the scale with a 0 SHU. Choose a pepper that hits your desired heat level. If you’re unsure, always best to go milder. 

Here are a few popular peppers  (in SHUs):

  • Carolina Reaper: 800,00 to 3,200,000
  • Red Savina pepper: 350,000 to 800,000
  • Scotch bonnet: 80,000 to 400,000
  • Habanero: 100,000 to 350,000
  • Cayenne pepper: 50,000
  • Jalapeńo: 3,500 to 8,000
  • Guajillo chiles: 2,500-5,000
  • Cubanelle: 100 to 1,000
  • Banana pepper: 0 to 500
  • Bell pepper: 0

Step 2: Get your supplies ready

Here is a list of everything you will need. 

  • 20 peppers of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • a medium sauce pan
  • gloves
  • glasses
  • blender

 

Don’t forget the gloves, especially if you’re working with hot peppers. The oils from the pepper will rub off on your hands and could cause a reaction on your skin, or worse — you could accidentally rub your eyes or scratch your nose later without knowing the oil is still present. 

Eye glasses are just a precautionary measure, but if you wear contacts, definitely opt for the glasses today, just in case some loose oil gets in there.

And make sure you wash your peppers well to get all the residue and pesticides off.  


Step 3: Make the hot sauce

Directions

1. Cut the tops of your peppers off. Then slice in half lengthwise. 

2. In a large pan or pot, pour vinegar and add peppers, salt and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until peppers are soft, or about 10 minutes. 

3. Once everything is soft, transfer the entire contents of the pot to a blender (do in batches if your blender container isn’t large enough). Blend until liquified (even the seeds!).

4. Open the lid of the blender and taste a sample to see if you like the level of heat. If you want it hotter, and a half a Habanero, or another pepper of higher SHU. Re-blend and taste test again. Repeat until desired heat and flavor reached. 

5. Enjoy your homemade hot sauce!

Note: If you add additional peppers for heat, you might not take the time to cook them, and that’s fine. You’ll know for next time your favorite blend, and you can cook them all together from now on.

 


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