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Why buy hot sauce when you can make it yourself! Save money and make fresh from the garden or farmer’s market, your own variety of hot pepper sauce. Currently living in Greece, hot sauce is not a popular item in the Greek culinary diet. Being from a Hispanic origin, I can not do without my hot sauce and salsas. So I grow my own hot peppers on my balcony and buy the jalapenos when in season and whenever they are available! And it’s a rare fine too here.

Jalapeno Hot Sauce

What you’ll need ~

  • 10 jalapeno peppers or hot green peppers (more if your making a larger batch)
  • 1 half onion (optional)
  • 4 – 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive/sunflower oil
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of purified water – just enough to cover hot peppers during cooking
  • 1/4 – 1/2 apple cider vinegar (or white distilled vinegar)

Directions

  1. In a medium glass or enamel lined sauce pan over high heat, combine oil, peppers, garlic, onion – (optional) and salt; saute for 4 minutes. Add the water and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. With the processor running, slowly add the vinegar.
  3. Pour into a sterilized jar through a strainer, mixing it with a spoon to let grind seeds through but not the skin. This way you’ll get a smooth liquid texture; tighten lid, this sauce will keep for 6 months when stored in the refrigerator.

You can do this with many different types of hot peppers, Tabasco peppers, jalapeno, chile de arbol, chipotle peppers, serrano, habanero, cayenne, dry peppers, fresh peppers, etc. Some variations require roasting the peppers 1st for that smoky flavor, or blanching the peppers, etc.

You may add more peppers or mixed peppers to the recipe, just add more vinegar and water, and/or any other added natural ingredients. The direction above is for two small jars (see photo – the two right jars are the green hot pepper sauce, left is cayenne sauce). The video below is for dry peppers…

Health Benefits of Hot Chile Peppers

Eat your chili peppers. Habanero, jalapeno, Scotch bonnet – those hot but tasty varieties of the capsicum frutescens have multiple health benefits – including the ability to drive prostate cancer cells to kill themselves.

It’s true that Yale University reported a close association between the hot pods and stomach cancer in Mexican workers who ate from 9 to 25 jalapenos a day. It is also true that this information has been disputed by other researchers who found that rates of stomach cancer declined in the United States, despite of fact consumption of salsa, chili and other hot foods actually had increased.

But a recent study found that increased concentration of capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers hot, caused more prostate cancer cells to freeze in a non-proliferative phase. Researchers concluded that capsaicin had a severe anti-proliferative action on human prostate cancer cells in culture. The cancer cells literally committed suicide. Capsaicin also generated an important deceleration of the development of prostate tumors formed by those human cell lines grown in mouse models.

In recent years hot peppers received positive opinions from many researchers for their antioxidant, or cancer-fighting, action. Anti-inflammatory properties in peppers have been tapped for treatment of migraines, arthritis and muscle pain. Capsaicin from hot peppers has also been found effective against leukemia.

Hot peppers are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, potassium and folic. They are low in calories and sodium and contain no carbohydrates. Their taste has spawned a lot of appreciation societies around the world, not to mention global competitions to determine the hottest variety on the planet.

Hot peppers also have been found to be an effective appetite suppressant and working to clear a stuffy head; they can aggravate existing heartburn but not cause it.

What does this mean in the kitchen? Mexican food or curry fans are in luck: the hotter the pepper, the more the benefit. Enjoy!

Read more on Medical Use & Health Benefits Of Hot Chile Peppers ~ http://ushotstuff.com/medical.htm

10 Reasons Why You Should Grow More Peppers and Less Tomatoes in Your Garden ~ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3rRf32IGLY

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