I recently bought a bag of produce for $1 that contained a few russet potatoes, 3 tomatoes and 20 jalapeno peppers. Yeah Me! The potatoes went into storage and I will decide what to make with them later. I debated about what to do with the peppers and finally settled on some Jalapeno Pepper Sauce.
The recipe is straight forward, so I am not going to wax poetic about it. If I make it again I would add more garlic and less vinegar than the original recipe I found, using the amounts below.
I am a strong believer that experience is the best teacher when it is someone else’s experience. So, instead of talking about the recipe, I am going to give you three warnings:
One: WEAR GLOVES – the capsaicin in the peppers will burn your hands, you will be miserable for days. If you don’t have gloves use plastic bags. Luckily I learned from someone else’s mistake and won’t make it myself.
Two: COOK IN A WELL VENTILATED kitchen – there is a reason pepper spray is used as self defense. The smell is vicious. I had windows open and both the stove fan and whole house fan going and it made me cough as I was stirring it. I joked on Facebook that I waited to make it until M was at work so he wouldn’t complain about the smell. But, I admit it I could still smell a faint odor throughout the house the next morning. If you have a gas grill with a burner on it, I’d recommend using that.
Three: Whenever you are canning, be sure to put something under the jars so they are not resting directly on the bottom of the pot. Trust me on this one. I lost a whole cup of sauce!
I hope the warnings don’t discourage you from making the sauce. The recipe is quick and easy, you just need to be a little careful.
Until next time, happy eating.