Tabasco sauce

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Tabasco sauce, a brand of hot sauce made from tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco), vinegar, and salt, is renowned for its piquant flavor and versatility. The sauce’s origins can be traced back to Avery Island, Louisiana, in the mid-19th century. Edmund McIlhenny, the creator, initially gave the sauce to family and friends before it gained popularity and became a staple condiment worldwide. Tabasco sauce is now used to enhance a myriad of dishes, from breakfast eggs and Bloody Mary cocktails to soups, stews, and beyond, adding a spicy kick to meals.

Serves: +10
  • Fresh tabasco peppers 200 g
  • Distilled white vinegar 120 ml
  • Salt 10 g
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  • Wash the tabasco peppers thoroughly. Chop them finely, keeping the seeds. For a milder sauce, you can remove some seeds, but the traditional Tabasco sauce includes seeds for extra heat.
  • Place the chopped peppers in a bowl and mix them with salt. Transfer the mixture to a glass jar, leaving some space at the top. Cover the jar with a cheesecloth or a loose lid to allow gases to escape. Let the mixture ferment at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, for 2-3 weeks. Stir every few days to ensure even fermentation.
  • After fermentation, add the vinegar to the pepper mixture. Blend until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a saucepan, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • Simmer the strained liquid over low heat for about 15-20 minutes to meld the flavors. This step also pasteurizes the sauce, extending its shelf life.
  • Let the sauce cool slightly before bottling. Use sterilized bottles to store the sauce. Seal the bottles tightly.

Storage Tips

Store your homemade Tabasco sauce in the refrigerator, where it will continue to develop its flavors over time. It can be kept for several months, even up to a year, due to the preservative qualities of vinegar and salt.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Tabasco peppers, like other chili peppers, contain capsaicin, a compound known for its metabolism-boosting properties. Capsaicin has been studied for its ability to promote heart health, reduce pain, and even offer anti-inflammatory benefits.

Interesting Facts

  • The McIlhenny Company has been producing Tabasco sauce on Avery Island, Louisiana, for over 150 years, with the recipe largely unchanged.
  • The aging process of the pepper mash in white oak barrels for up to three years is a key step in developing Tabasco sauce’s unique flavor.
  • Tabasco sauce is not just about heat; it also adds acidity and a depth of flavor to dishes, making it a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike.

This recipe offers a simplified approach to making a Tabasco-style hot sauce at home, allowing you to capture the essence of this classic condiment with just a few ingredients and steps.

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