Fresh Cayenne Hot Sauce
You probably don't age your cayenne peppers for three years. But it is possible to make your own hot sauce if you have a supply of hot peppers. Be careful handling the peppers. Wear rubber gloves and don't touch your eyes, mouth or any other part of your face.
Yield: about 1 cup
- 10 large fresh red cayenne chiles or other favorite chile
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- Cut stems off peppers and cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and ribs. Heat broiler. Place peppers, cut side down, on rack in broiler pan. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the skin blisters and blackens. Transfer peppers to a plastic bag for about 10 minutes. When cool, peel off skins.
- Place chile pulp and garlic in a blender or food processor. With machine running, slowly add the vinegar until the mixture is well blended. Add salt to taste.
- Cover and refrigerate. Will keep in the refrigerator for weeks.
Source: The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia - Dave DeWitt (Morrow, 1999)