Cookbook:Hot Pepper Sauce
|Hot Pepper Sauce|
Fiery hot sauces are legion in the Caribbean, and most contain habañeros (Jamaicans call them 'scotch bonnets' for their bell-like shape). A good way to use habañeros is by making up a pepper sauce. Because the heat of individual peppers can vary enormously (even those from the same plant), homogenizing them into a hot sauce makes it easier for you to assess the amount of heat to add to any dish. Use this in sauces, marinades, and stews, or sprinkle sparingly on meats, fish and rice dishes.
Notes, tips, and variations Edit
- There are many variants on this style of sauce; habanero or scotch bonnets are available in various stages of ripeness, from green through yellow to bright red, so you can control the colour of the sauce by selecting all single colour peppers. The addition of bananas, mangoes and other fruits enjoy an occasional foodie fad.
- Some recipes involve mixing the type of peppers used; poblanos, jalapeño and chipotle are quite popular varieties. You can achieve widely-varying sauces by altering the ratios of pepper types, so feel free to experiment.
- Always wear latex or household gloves when handling the peppers and avoid touching your eyes. Chilli peppers are an irritant and even a tiny amount in your eyes can cause extreme pain.