The cayenne pepper sauce recipe is made using cayenne peppers, vinegar, garlic, and other spices mixed and boiled until it thickens.
Cayenne pepper, known for its bright red color and hot flavor, is one of the most common fresh peppers in America. Moreover, this spicy vegetable offers several health benefits. When blended and cooked into a sauce, cayenne pepper provides a delicious blend of spices loaded with nutrients.
In today's article, I'll show you how to prepare this spicy cayenne pepper sauce. I learned this recipe in culinary school, and I've been using it as a spread or dip for different meals like sandwiches, ribs, and other hot and spicy food. Read on as I show you the best cayenne pepper hot sauce recipe.
First, wash your jars and lids thoroughly. Next, boil tap water in a canning pot and place the jars and lids inside for 5 minutes to sterilize them. Remove the jars and lids after five minutes and place them on a baking sheet.
Next, remove the pepper stems and core the fresh cayenne peppers. If you like your sauces spicy and hot, leave all of the seeds and membranes in the chili peppers. If you prefer a sauce that isn't that hot, remove some of the seeds from the hot cayenne peppers. If you remove too many seeds and the sauce isn't as hot as you'd like, don't worry. You can simply adjust the heat level before canning.
Add all the spices, 1 and a half cups of vinegar, and 1 cup of water to the sauté pan and cook for 30 minutes, or until the peppers become soft.
Afterward, remove the pan from the stove and transfer the contents into a blender or food processor. Then add the remaining half cup of vinegar to let the pepper blend properly.
Then, blend until the mixture is smooth. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the blended pepper mixture and return it to the sauté pan to cook until the mixture's thickness is consistent. This step should take 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure you stir your sauce properly in this step. Taste the sauce and make any flavor adjustments.
When you're satisfied with the flavor, start filling your jars with the hot pepper sauce, leaving half an inch of space on the lid.
After closing the lid, place the jars in a canning pot filled with boiling water for 20 minutes. Don't put the jars on the bottom of a pot of boiling water, or else they will crack. You'll need to fit a wire rack into the pot, then place the jar on it. After 20 minutes, remove the jars from the boiling water and place them on a towel on your kitchen counter to cool.
Of course, you can play around with the recipe. Here are other tasty and spicy variations of this pepper sauce:
When the sauce has reached the desired consistency, pour it into a glass jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to six months. You can also keep the cayenne pepper hot sauce in a cool, dark place away from sunlight. Your sauce should last for two months under these conditions.
This hot sauce goes great with almost everything! Here are a few of my favorite delicious recipes:
The cayenne pepper is a member of the nightshade family, which also includes bell peppers and jalapenos.
Cayenne peppers are high in capsaicin, a compound that gives the pepper its heat and health benefits. For this reason, the cayenne pepper's spice levels vary depending on the amount of capsaicin in the pepper.
This naturally spicy vegetable is high in vitamins and minerals, making it a wonderful addition to any dish. One serving of cayenne also contains 15% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. For even more nutritional data, the USDA published that one 5-gram serving of cayenne powder contains the following nutrients:
In my opinion, the cayenne pepper hot sauce has a medium heat level. However, you may find it hotter or milder, depending on your heat tolerance.
What's great about making your own hot sauce, like this homemade cayenne pepper sauce, is that you can adjust the heat to your liking. The heat of peppers is measured in Scoville units or SHU. The cayenne pepper has an SHU rating of 30,000 to 50,000, whereas habanero peppers, which is one of the hottest peppers, has an SHU rating of 325,000.
Hot peppers are natural energy and metabolism stimulants. Some research has linked peppers to lower blood fat levels as well as lower blood pressure. Spicy cayenne peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that helps increase blood flow in the digestive system, skin, and brain.
Cayenne is rich in vitamins and minerals that benefit the body in various ways, including maintaining healthy blood flow, promoting weight loss, fighting infection, preventing blood clots, boosting the immune system, and regulating heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
So, if you like things spicy and care about your health, include hot peppers in your daily diet or make this amazing cayenne sauce.
Making homemade cayenne pepper sauce is that easy! All you have to do is buy fresh cayenne peppers from the farmer’s market and the other ingredients you’ll need.
The best part about making your own cayenne sauce recipe is the freedom it gives you. You get to choose your preferred flavor and heat level. So, what are you waiting for? Follow this recipe and make your own homemade hot sauce.