Yesterday I had fun with fermentation. I started a batch of red pepper and garlic hot sauce.
- 2 1/2 pounds mixed hot red peppers (I used habaneros, jalapenos, and an unidentified hot red pepper growing in my front yard)
- 1/2 pound sweet red peppers
- 2 heads garlic
- 1 ounce salt
I used the formula in Sandor Katz’s book “The Art of Fermentation”. Two percent salt by weight.
Be sure to wear gloves while you do this!
Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers (you can leave some seeds in if you want it a bit hotter). Peel the garlic.
Chop ingredients, or use a food processor to coarsely chop the ingredients.
Put a weighted object on top of the peppers. The purpose is to keep the peppers below the liquid. I used a serving dish which fit exactly into my crock. TMOTH’s host family in Denmark used an ash tray to hold down their fermenting herring.
The peppers and garlic need to ferment for a month. We’ll visit them periodically so you can see the process. After a month, the mixture will be pureed and used as a delicious hot sauce.