Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DIY Valentine's Gift: Hot Sauce for a Hot Holiday!

Valentine's Day is coming up on us quickly! This year, ditch the cheesy cards, red roses and balloons and give your loved one(s) something that comes from your heart...and hands! In the coming weeks, we will post various DIY gifts that will surely impress the recipient! This first gift may not be for everyone, but for those who like things a little more fiery, they're going to love it! Find a cute jar to package the sauce in and attach a little tag that says: "Hot Sauce for a Hot _____!" (Lady, Stud, Mama, Papa, BFF, etc.)


2 cups hot peppers (your choice), stems and seeds removed
3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 to 3 teaspoons of sea salt

1 tablespoon of  honey
1 to 3 cloves of garlic, chopped


1. First sterilize the bottle and cap by boiling them in a pot of water for at least 5 minutes. Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend on high for about a minute. When done, let it rest a few minutes to let any bubbles settle. Place in a pot on the stove and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, you will see bubbles on top of the mixture. You can wait awhile for it to settle down or just go ahead to the next step.
3. Using a funnel, poor the mixture in the bottle, seal it, and place it in your refrigerator. If possible, allow to sit in the fridge for a week to improve flavor.

Tips: *Wear gloves when cutting peppers and keep your hands away from your face. *Shake well before using. *Play with the ingredients and choice of peppers if necessary to get your desired taste.

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