Basic chili sauce/cleaning your grinder

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Basic chili sauce/cleaning your grinder

Postby grisell » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:23 pm

Here is a basic chili sauce that I use to make in large batches when chili is cheap. It is also an excellent way to polish your meat grinder. It will have a brilliant finish afterwards, at least on the inside. Scale at wish:

2 kgs/4.5 lbs fresh chili, any color, any sort
3 Tbsps sea salt
1 tsp sugar
Lactic acid fermentation starter
Muslin
5 gms/3 dr (1/6 oz) oak shavings (optional but recommended)
Distilled vinegar (optional)

Wash and de-stem the chilies. Don't deseed. Cut in pieces. Grind through your meat grinder (coarse plate). Mix the mash with salt, sugar and starter. Cover with muslin and let ferment for four days in room temperature. Stir every day. Add oak shavings tied in a muslin bag and move to the refrigerator. Taste every few days - you don't want the oak to dominate. Discard the oak when satisfactory. Add distilled vinegar if you want a sourer taste. Move to clean jars or bottles and store cold. Will keep for a long, long time, especially if you include the oak which has some antiseptic properties.

If you strain it and add vinegar, you will end up with something that is very similar to Tabasco, since this is the same way that it is manufactured except for a few years of maturity. Personally I prefer it unstrained and without vinegar.
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Postby grisell » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:35 pm

Just a remark: I hope you understand that the grinder has to be clean before grinding the chilies!
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Postby saucisson » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:44 am

:D -conv-
Curing is not an exact science... So it's not a sin to bin.

Great hams, from little acorns grow...
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Postby DanMcG » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:06 am

grisell wrote:Just a remark: I hope you understand that the grinder has to be clean before grinding the chilies!


I'm suppose to clean my grinder?
Just kidding.
Sounds interesting, I'll add it to my list of things to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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Postby grisell » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:19 pm

It's actually not interesting per se. It's very basic and simple. The good things are keeping quality and that you can use it as a base for more interesting recipes.
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Postby DanMcG » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:32 am

I found it interesting because I've never given a thought to making any untill you posted the process Grisell. thanks again. Dan
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