Fermented Hot Sauce

Hot sauce has a very special place in my heart...And no I'm not talking about heartburn. We can make our own hot sauce at home with any peppers we want. That means that we now have full control over the flavor.


EQUIPMENT:

Blender

Strainer


INGREDIENTS:

Fermented Peppers Ingredients:

  • 1.25lbs (540g) red fresno peppers

  • 1.25qt (1163g) water

  • 3.5 Tbsp (51g) fine sea salt


Hot Sauce Ingredients:

  • 8 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 cup (118ml) neutral oil (canola)

  • 1 (456g) fermented peppers (you can leave the seeds on or off)

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp (150ml) white distilled vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp (42ml) brine

  • Salt to taste


INSTRUCTIONS:

Method:

  1. To make the brine, remove the tops of your peppers and slice them all in half lengthwise. Place them in a ½ gallon mason jar and fill it up with 1 ¼ cup of water and 3 ⅓ tablespoons of fine sea salt. Keep them submerged with a heavy object and close with a lid.

  2. Let them sit out at room temperature for anywhere between 5 days and 2 weeks.

  3. Once your peppers have reached the point where you think they are ready, strain them through a mesh strainer; reserving the brine.

  4. Take 8 cloves of garlic peeled and thinly slices and place them in a saucepan with ½ cup of neutral tasting oil. Toast the garlic gently over medium-low heat until they turn golden brown. Strain them through a fine mesh strainer and reserve the garlic and oil separately.

  5. In a blender, combine the garlic, fermented peppers, white vinegar and your pepper brine. Start blending at high speed until it turns smooth. Stream in half of your oil from your garlic and add a little bit of salt to taste.