Hot Sauce Mash
February 20, 2008 7:21 AM Subscribe
I eat a lot of hot sauce, and I have many favorites which I have no trouble finding or buying. But I think it would be good to make my own. How does one do that properly?
posted by Ragma to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
The problem is that my reading on the Internets leads me to the conclusion that the best hot sauces are made using hot pepper "mash" which has been fermented. I know such mash can be purchased ready to go, but that would sort of completely destroy the idea that it was homemade. I need to ferment my own. I've made beer, so I'm not intimidated by vats of fermenting ickor.
But after spending over an hour googling various permutations of "fermented hot pepper mash homemade sauce" I still have no idea how to make a proper pepper mash suitable for some great homemade hot sauce. Some sites indicate something very much like pickling, some suggest following the same process as sauerkraut, some suggest a beer-like fermentation. Recipes are all over the map.
Has anyone done this? Fermented their own chilis for hot sauce? What is the best technique?