Making homemade hot sauce from peppers is fun and easy with a DIY Hot Sauce Kit and make the perfect gift for hot sauce lovers.
For thousands of years, humans have used chili peppers and other hot spices when preparing food. Inhabitants of Mexico, Central America and South America grew hot peppers more than 6,000 years ago. Within a few decades of contact with Spain and Portugal in the 16th century, the American hot pepper plant was spread across Europe and into Africa and Asia.
There are many recipes to make hot sauce but the only common ingredient is some variety of the chili pepper. Many hot sauces are made by using chili peppers as the base and can be as simple as adding salt and vinegar while other sauces use some type of fruits or vegetables as the base and add the chili peppers to make them hot.
Manufacturers use many different processes from aging, to pureeing and cooking the ingredients to achieve a desired flavor. Because of their ratings on the Scoville scale, Ghost pepper and Habanero peppers are used to make the hotter sauces but additional ingredients are used to add extra heat, such as pure capsaicin extract and mustard oil. Other common ingredients include vinegar and spices. Vinegar is used primarily as a natural preservative, but flavored vinegars can be used to attain a different taste.