30 11, 2020

Peppers are Pooped Out

By |2020-11-30T13:45:36-08:00November 30th, 2020|Photos|

It has come to my attention that my Central American "Culebra Negra" peppers are not at all happy about the cold weather. It's the end of November so we've had a couple of near-freezing nights with 34° to 37°F lows right before dawn, but nothing that I would consider a hard frost. The Hidden Lake Hot Cayenne/Thai hybrids are still flowering and fruiting quite a bit, but the Culebra Negras are a different story. Seems these poor plants, with their  [keep reading...]

14 01, 2020

Hot Sauce Batch 19 – entry 11

By |2020-01-14T09:52:50-08:00January 14th, 2020|Projects|

The hot sauce has been quietly fermenting in a cool, dark area of the garage for several weeks now. It was before Christmas when I added the toasted oak staves and the last of the fresh peppers from the garden, so the bright red color is giving way to a duller brick red/orange. The peppers, which I added whole, are beginning to dissolve and fall apart, leaving a layer of pepper seeds at the bottom of the jar. A little  [keep reading...]

26 11, 2019

Hot Sauce Batch 19 – entry 7

By |2019-11-26T08:25:54-08:00November 26th, 2019|Projects|

Another addition of 4 ounces or so of fresh peppers and a pinch of salt. Heavy rain last week knocked most of the remaining peppers off the plants, so we're coming to the end of fresh pepper additions for this year (yeah, I know, I write that every week -- but this time it's probably true). I'm going to let this ferment one more week then add oak and send the batch to age until March.

19 11, 2019

Hot Sauce Batch 19 – entry 6

By |2019-11-19T12:50:24-08:00November 19th, 2019|Projects|

It's week seven of my hot sauce fermentation. I added another 4 ounces or so of fresh peppers, salt and more water and gave it a good stir. The fermentation is now giving off a tangy smell that's both spicy and funky. I figure I'll only have room for one more addition of fresh peppers before I add small amount of toasted oak and set it aside to age through the winter. The liquid is getting a little murky from  [keep reading...]

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