Seasoning, Flavored Oil and Flavored Vinegar Recipes

Old Sour

This is an old-time Florida recipe and is still the most-used seasoning in the Florida Keys. It's basically fermented lime juice. It was originally from the Bahamas. This homemade table sauce can be splashed on seafood, salads and fresh vegetables. It is also used with Conch Chowder.

Old Sour


  • 2 cups Key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Strain juice through a doubled cheesecloth in a funnel into a clean bottle.
  2. Add salt, shake the bottle well, and tie a square of clean cloth over the top of the bottle.
  3. Let the sauce age in a dark cupboard for 6 or 8 weeks. It should have an acid-salty flavor with a bite on the tongue.
  4. Cork the bottle, and the sauce keeps indefinitely.


There is no need to refrigerate this sauce, and the older it gets the better.


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