Looking to preserve some of your harvests this winter? If you're seeking a simple indoor canning option that doesn't require fresh garden produce, try making an easy hot sauce recipe that you can enjoy year-round.
Plus, it makes a great gift to have on hand for fellow food preservation enthusiasts.
This hot sauce recipe is made with a smaller quantity of hot peppers, making it perfect for those who prefer a milder flavor. It's a great way to use up any leftover peppers from last year's harvest. Here's how to make it:
- 1 pound of hot peppers (such as jalapenos, habaneros, or serranos)
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 3/4 cup of vinegar (5% acidity)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of sugar
Wash your peppers and remove the stems. Cut them in half and remove the seeds (if you want a milder sauce, you can leave some of the seeds in).
Combine the peppers, garlic, vinegar, salt, and sugar in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a large pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, prepare your canning jars and lids by washing them in hot, soapy water and sterilizing them (you can do this by boiling them in a pot of water for 10 minutes).
Once the sauce has simmered for 10 minutes, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.
Use a funnel to pour the hot sauce into your canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace at the top. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth to remove any drips or spills.
Apply the lids and screw on the bands until they are fingertip-tight.
Process the jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes (adjusting for altitude if necessary).
Remove the jars from the canner and let them cool on a towel-lined surface for 12-24 hours. Check the seals to make sure they are tight, then store the jars in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
This recipe yields approximately 3 half-pint jars.
Each tablespoon of hot sauce contains approximately 5 calories, 0.2g protein, 1g carbohydrates, and 0.1g fat.
Note: Altitude adjustments for boiling water canning should be made as your local extension service recommends.
Recommended Process Time for Easy Hot Sauce in a Boiling Water Canner:
Now you can enjoy a delicious hot sauce year-round with this easy canning recipe. Happy canning!