Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hot sauce

There are several member of my extended family who love spicy foods, so I thought of doing something on the hot side for my gift baskets this year.

Here's the hot sauce recipe that I will be using for Christmas gifts this year. I intend to try it out this week to make sure it is good. But really with these ingredients, how can it go wrong??? I'll update this post after I've made it to report how it goes.

Habanero Hot Sauce

  • 1 small onion -- chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic -- chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup carrots -- chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Habanero chilies (3 or 4) -- minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Quick note: This is probably a no-brainer to say, but do be very careful when handling the Habaneros. Use latex gloves if you have them when mincing them and do not touch your face or eyes until you have washed your hands thoroughly.

Saute onion in oil until soft. Add carrots and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the carrots are soft. Remove from heat. Add chilies, lime juice and salt to the carrot mixture. Place in processor and puree until smooth. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

Update: this hot sauce turned out beautifully. It is a great orange color and has a nice kick to it, but not so overwhelming as some other hot sauces. Perfect for the people I'm giving it to for Christmas!