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Easy Fermented Hot Sauce Recipe

Easy Fermented Hot Sauce Recipe

Fermented hot sauce has a complex flavor, and is also probiotic... which is all the rage right now. And, it's so easy to make, you'll wonder why you didn't try it sooner. Find more Fermented Hot Sauce Recipes here »

Happy hot saucin'!

Sandia Seed's Easy Fermented Hot Sauce Recipe:
Time: 15 minutes of prep,  plus 3 days to ferment.

  • 1 cup of hot peppers, chopped
    (use any hot peppers you want, such as the hottest Carolina Reaper, or Goat HornTabascoCayenne, Trinidad Scorpion peppers... you name it. You can even mix different peppers for more complex flavor and spice.
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, smashed or chopped
  • 1 cup of water (filtered, distilled or purified)
  • ½ tablespoon of Pickling Salt or Sea Salt (no iodine)

  1. Select fresh, unblemished peppers and chop them up. Put the chopped hot peppers and garlic in a mason jar.
  2. Make Brine: Heat 1 cup of water with the salt, once the salt is dissolved, let the brine cool to room temperature. 
  3. Pour the Brine into the jar to cover the hot peppers and garlic.
  4. Make sure to weight down the peppers to keep them fully submerged. (Use pickling weights, a glass weight, or a jar filled with water to keep them submerged)
  5. Cover loosely with a lid and place somewhere cool and out of direct sunlight for 2-3 days.
  6. Stir the brine every 1 to 2 days – this will prevent mold from growing. 
  7. Once the brine is cloudy, and it smells slightly sour after 2-3 days, put the mixture into a blender and process until smooth. 
  8. Transfer it to a clean glass jar and store it in the refrigerator, you can now put it on everything! The hot sauce will store for several months, if you see mold growing, it's time to toss it. But, we figure it is very unlikely to last that long, this stuff is GOOD!

If there is any mold, you may not have enough salt in your brine. Mold will not form on a proper brine, however, a white skim that forms on brine is not mold, it's yeast and you can scoop it out.

*Non-chlorinated, filtered, purified or distilled water is best as chlorine can affect the fermentation.


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