Hot Sauce Recipes

Hot sauce recipes are a sure-fire way to impress friends during any party or get-together. What better way to show your friendship than by setting their mouths on fire with a delicious concoction of spices?

Hot sauces get their spice primarily from chili pepper, which contains the agent capsaicin, an irritant that produces a burning sensation to any human/animal tissue with which it comes in contact. In extreme cases, capsaicin is used to produce pepper spray for defense. Of course, hot foods contain smaller amounts.

Some die-hard spice-eaters claim that the pain that comes with eating hot foods releases endorphins in the body, creating a natural euphoric state. Taking their advice, here are some of the most sought-after recipes for your convenience.

The basic hot sauce recipe is fairly simple. The ingredients include:

•3 cups of distilled white vinegar
•2 lbs of cayenne/jalapenos seeded and chopped
•2 teaspoons of salt

Begin by simmering vinegar, salt and peppers for at least 5 minutes, then process the mix in a blender. Afterwards, store the sauce in a glass bottle and place it in a dark cabinet. Allow it to age for at least 3 months. Strain it when it's ready to use. Although this takes patience and time, the result is a delicious experience in homemade spice.

Remember, jalapenos and cayenne peppers score very mild on the Scoville Scale, which measures a food's hotness. For those looking for a little more kick to their sauce, try adding some hananeros, which are among some of the hottest chili peppers in the world! Another favorite is a habanero hot sauce that's sure to light a fire under every seat at the party.

The habanero hot sauce recipes involve working directly with the imposing chili peppers, so always wash your hands after handling them. Accidentally touching your eyes afterwards could result in agony!

Ingredients include:
•3 plum tomatoes
•1/4 cup water
•Fresh habanero chilies (1 to 3)
•2 Garlic cloves unpeeled
•Juice of one orange and one grapefruit
•Salt and ground-pepper to taste

Start by heating a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add tomatoes, chilies and garlic. Pan roast until tender and brown on all sides, turning frequently, for about 20 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to blender and add chilies to blender after removing the seeds/stems. Peel the garlic and add it to the blender as well. Add water, orange juice and grapefruit juice. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve it at room temperature.

For those who aren't into extremely hot sauce recipes, there's always salsa picante. This is a delicious, mild blend of vegetables that compliments seafood.

For salsa picante, you need:
•1/2 cup finely chopped onions
•1/4 cup olive oil
•1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
•1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
•1 fresh red or green hot chili, about 3 inches long, stemmed, seeded, and cut crosswise into paper-thin slices

In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil and vinegar, and beat them together with a whisk or fork, then stir in all the other vegetables. Let the sauce rest at room temperature for one hour to let the flavor sink in.

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