Habanero Hot Sauce
Recipe type: Fermented
Cuisine: Condiment
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Serves: 1 quart
Habanero peppers, bell peppers and garlic are fermented in saltwater to create a spicy, Habanero Hot Sauce that's rich in flavor and delicious put on top of anything you want to add some heat to.
  • 2-3 habanero peppers chopped in half
  • 2 orange bell peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Basic Brine: 2 cups of water + 1 tablespoon of salt
  1. Make the basic brine by combining 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of salt. Set aside. (You may need to warm the water up a little for the salt to dissolve.
  2. Chop up the habaneros, orange bell peppers and garlic and add it to the mason jar. Fill the jar to the shoulder.
  3. Add the basic brine to the jar until the peppers are covered. Leave an inch of space from the top to avoid spills during fermentation.
  4. Optionally: Add a fermentation weight and an airlock lid if you have them.
  5. If you're not using an airlock, cover the jar loosely with the lid so gas can escape while it's fermenting.
  6. Set on the counter away from direct sunlight for 10-14 days.
  7. When it's done fermenting, strain the pepper mixture from the brine. Set the brine aside.
  8. Pour the pepper mixture into a blender, turn it on medium and slowly pour the brine into the blender until you get the thickness/ consistency you like.
  9. Pour the hot sauce into a jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator. Hot sauce will last up to a year in the fridge.
  10. If you have leftover brine you can mix it with vinegar to make a Tobasco style hot sauce.
Recipe by Fermented Food Lab at https://www.fermentedfoodlab.com/habanero-hot-sauce/