After borrowing Tim’s brother’s brew kettle (yes… it’s a keg. If you get to know us, this will make a lot of sense to you!), we set about learning about online ordering of “large” amounts of ingredients and trying to sync up 3 busy schedules. We succeeded!
The moment we became real hot sauce makers, and not necessarily popular with the other people renting space in the commercial kitchen, was when we opened the 5 gallon bucket of chocolate habanero mash…
Excitement and awe quickly turned to ridiculous tears and laughter. Tim demonstrated the worst mistake we could make, luckily only in mime, no trips to the ER this time!
After the breathing shenanigans subsided we got to work with our chopped ingredients and trusty blender!
The scale of our ambitions became clear as we added… and added… and added ingredients to the kettle.
Luckily the kitchen has a rideable sized immersion blender, otherwise we might have a very high death rate of table top blenders.
Sebastian learned the hard way that keeping the sauce moving over the heat is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG and hot process… Apparently that whole blood, sweat and tears thing is more about sweat in the hot sauce game… who knew?!?
But… after a few hours, we had made our first batch of sauce!!! Then we learned that shrink wrapping involves more sweat…
It felt good to finally have product to show after years of testing, rewriting recipes, planning, and false starts. We hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we do!