Basket of Fire Pepper Sauce

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I vividly remember the pepper sauce that lived in my Nana’s refrigerator. I think my Papa may have been the only person I remember using it, but it was always there. It was a store bought bottle of pepper sauce that my Nana kept adding vinegar to when it would run low.

I have done the same thing on occasion with my own peppers or with store bought fresh peppers. It’s always been a fairly mild sauce, except that one batch we put a single habanero pepper in. That one had some bite! In a good way.

Well, look out world! Today, I made Basket of Fire Pepper Sauce! I bought this cute little ornamental pepper plant at a local nursery this summer. I love ornamental pepper plants because they look as good as they are functional. For a long time, I thought you couldn’t eat the peppers since they were called “ornamental”. I was wrong. The peppers I chose to grow are the variety Basket of Fire. They measure 80,000shu (Scoville heat units). Just a bit less than habaneros. They pack a punch for such a small pepper! I have used them in my Sweet Heat Jam with great success. I’m pretty sure they have a permement place in my gardens! I’ll gush over my pepper plants another time, right now, let’s get to the pepper sauce!I vividly remember the pepper sauce that lived in my Nana’s refrigerator. I think my Papa may have been the only person I remember using it, but it was always there. It was a store bought bottle of pepper sauce that my Nana kept adding vinegar to when it would run low.

I have done the same thing on occasion with my own peppers or with store bought fresh peppers. It’s always been a fairly mild sauce, except that one batch we put a single habanero pepper in. That one had some bite! In a good way.

Well, look out world! Today, I made Basket of Fire Pepper Sauce! I bought this cute little ornamental pepper plant at a local nursery this summer. I love ornamental pepper plants because they look as good as they are functional. For a long time, I thought you couldn’t eat the peppers since they were called “ornamental”. I was wrong. The peppers I chose to grow are the variety Basket of Fire. They measure 80,000shu (Scoville heat units). Just a bit less than habaneros. They pack a punch for such a small pepper! I have used them in my Sweet Heat Jam with great success. I’m pretty sure they have a permement place in my gardens! I’ll gush over my pepper plants another time, right now, let’s get to the pepper sauce!

To make my pepper sauce, I picked over what’s left on my plant. It’s currently in the greenhouse living out it’s last days. These plants are annuals but I’ve been able to prolong it’s life. The remaining peppers are starting to shrivel up and the leaves are starting to drop. I harvested as many non-shriveled peppers as I could and carried them into the kitchen. I gave them a bath and stuffed them into a 5 oz glass bottle. These bottles are great! I found them on Amazon. They came with a dripper insert, cap and shrink sleeve to seal them up. I have also used them to bottle up homemade vanilla.


Then I set some vinegar to boil on the stove. Once it came to a boil, I used a small funnel (this one is for a flask) and poured the vinegar into the bottle. Then the dripper insert goes on and then the cap.

Next up comes the label. After it had cooled down, I created one and cut it out with my Silhouette in vinyl.

Even though this bottle is for our own home and I’m not giving it away, I went ahead and sealed the shrink sleeve. I used some washi tape to put the date I made it. I want it to sit for a bit to develop it’s flavor. I’m not sure how long is enough, but it will keep us out of it for at least a little while. It’s hard to be patient!

I made my pepper sauce with Basket of Fire but you may use any peppers you like. Feel free to use a mixture of them too! This is a great way to use up some end of the season peppers before a frost gets them.

We use our pepper sauces on pinto beans, salmon patties, and even pizza! What do you like pepper sauce on?

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