Fermented Hot Sauce with a Difference!

Fermented Hot Sauce


Fermented Hot Sauce with a Difference!
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Recipe type: Hot Sauce
Cuisine: Louisiana
Serves: 8lt
 
Today’s episode is very exciting. We’re going to make a Tabasco style hot sauce with a difference. The idea for this came from a small Portuguese restaurant down the road from me. They produce a famous hot sauce with a secret ingredient that just rounds off the flavour beautifully. Anyway, not long ago the old lady that owned the restaurant and produced the sauce retired, and decided it was OK to share the secret ingredient with me. I was quite surprised at how simple it was…. Alcohol.
Ingredients
  • 1200g Tabasco peppers
  • 1200g White sugar
  • 6lt Water
  • 6g Distiller's yeast
  • 6g Yeast activator
  • 6g Yeast nutrient
  • 6g Diammonium phosphate
  • 130g Himalayan rock salt
  • 100g White sugar
  • 1200ml White vinegar
  • 2.5ml Xanthum gum
  • 60ml Bottles for bottling
Instructions
  1. This recipe will make just under 8 litres of Tabasco-style sauce.
  2. Trim the stalks from a load of Tabasco chillis, and measure out 1200g of the chillis. You can also use birds-eye, serrano, or any other hot chilli peppers. It is important to weigh the peppers after trimming the stalks, otherwise your quantities will be incorrect.
  3. Transfer the peppers to your food processor along with 1 litre of water and process these until quite fine. If your processor is on the smaller side, this may have to be done in batches.
  4. Transfer the machined peppers to a large non-reactive pot and add 1200g of white sugar and another 5 litres of water.
  5. Place the pot over medium heat and heat the mixture up to 70c or 158f. This will pasteurize the mixture and dissolve the sugar.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat, put the lid on and allow this to cool to 35c or 95f before continuing.
  7. As the mixture starts getting closer to 35c, start to prepare your fermentation ingredients. These include 6g of distiller’s yeast, 6g of yeast nutrient, 6g of yeast activator and 6g of diammonium phosphate.
  8. Measure out 200ml of warm water at 35c or 95f. Add the yeast and the yeast activator. Stir this briefly and put it aside for 15 minutes.
  9. Pour the chilli mixture from the pot into a large fermentation vessel. This can be anything from a large food-grade bucket to a purpose-built fermenter. You will notice how I have poured everything but the very last bit of mixture into the pot. All the pepper seeds sink to the bottom of the mixture during the pasteurization process, and these will be left in the pot.
  10. Add the yeast nutrient and diammonium phosphate to the fermentation vessel and stir these in.
  11. Pour in the activated yeast solution and stir this in.
  12. Place the lid on your fermentation vessel. If you are using a food grade bucket for the fermentation, make sure your fermentation bubbler is in place and filled.
  13. After 24 hours, all the solids will have risen to the top of the liquid. The yeast is giving off massive amounts of CO2 and this latches on to the solids and makes them float to the top. CO2 also collects below this carpet of solids causing fascinating bulges in the carpet of solids. Use a sterilized spoon to stir the solids back into the liquid. This will release most of the trapped CO2 and prevent this carpet from causing any fungal growth along the top of the vessel.
  14. This process will be repeated every day for 6-7 days until the fermentation slows down, and most of the solids remain at the bottom of the fermentation vessel.
  15. It can take anything from 10-14 days for the fermentation to be totally complete. The complete fermentation can be noted by the complete absence of bubbling or foaming, and on tasting the liquid, there is no sugar remaining in the liquid. This means that the yeast has completely consumed all the sugar in the solution, and fermentation has finished. There will also be a very noticeable alcoholic aroma to the liquid along with the strong pepper aroma.
  16. Pour the fermented solution through a fine sieve into a large non-reactive pot. Once again, I am leaving the last little bit in the vessel. This is mostly comprised of seeds that we missed on the first pouring, yeast cells and a little of the solids.
  17. Use a silicon spatula to stir the solid pulp around in the sieve. This allows the remaining liquid to escape through the sieve. It also helps to scrape the outside of the sieve down as well. Once the pulp has reached half of its original quantity, transfer the pulp to a tall jug.
  18. Use you stick blender to machine this to a very fine paste. You may have to do this in batches.
  19. Rinse the sieve, then return the paste to the sieve. Use a clean spatula to stir this around, once again forcing the fine particles and liquid to escape into the pot. Once this pulp has reduced to half, return the unfiltered pulp to the tall jug and process it again using your stick blender.
  20. Pour the reprocessed pulp into the pot and stir it into the pepper liquid.
  21. Add 130g of Himalayan rock salt. This is 2% of the total volume of the liquid at this stage of the process.
  22. Add 100g of sugar and stir this in. We are not trying to sweeten the liquid. 100g of sugar will barely be discernible in this quantity of liquid. It is added to temper and smooth the burn of the peppers.
  23. This is followed by 1.2 litres of white vinegar.
  24. Place the pot over medium heat and once again heat the liquid to a temperature of 70c or 158f. This time round the pasteurization is purely to kill any remaining yeast in the sauce. If you skip this step and proceed straight to the next step, your bottled product may burst once sealed, due to renewed fermentation.
  25. Transfer 550ml of the sauce to a tall jug. Add 2.5ml or a half teaspoon of Xanthan gum to the jug. Use your stick blender to beat this into the sauce. The sauce will thicken to a syrupy consistency that will coat the back of a spoon.
  26. The Xanthan gum effectively suspends all the microscopic solid particles in the liquid, ensuring that you will have no precipitation of solids in the sauce. Notice how the sauce has lightened in colour. This is an optical illusion caused by billions of microscopic bubbles in the sauce introduced during the blending process. After a few hours the bubbles will rise to the top of the liquid and the colour will return to its original deep red hue.
  27. Continue with the remaining sauce until all of it has been stabilized and thickened, then proceed to bottling and you are done.
Troubleshooting
  1. ) If your fermentation stops and there is still sugar present in the sauce, add another 6g of yeast to restart the fermentation.
  2. ) If mould starts to grow on the carpet of chilli solids, you probably skipped the pasteurization process, or your equipment was not sterile. Skim the mould off the top and continue as normal.
  3. )If fermentation fails persistently, you have not used all of the fermentation ingredients. You cannot successfully ferment the sauce without the yeast activator, nutrient and diammonium phosphate. The high sugar and acid levels in the sauce will kill the yeast without these additives.

 

Lacto-fermented Hot Sauce – Easy Homemade Tabasco Sauce – Simple Tabasco-Style Chili Sauce

How to Make Tabasco Sauce - Lacto-Fermented Hot Sauce Recipe


Lacto-fermented Hot Sauce - Easy Homemade Tabasco Sauce - Simple Tabasco-Style Chili Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
 
Follow the simple video instructions to make your own amazing lacto-fermented hot sauce, similar in every respect to the all-time favorite Tabasco sauce.
Ingredients
  • 700g Chillis, stemmed and cleaned
  • 1500ml Water
  • 90ml Non-iodated salt
  • 200-300ml White wine vinegar
  • 7.5ml Sugar per 500ml sauce
  • 2.5ml-5ml Xanthan gum per 500ml sauce
Instructions
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  3. Check out our naturally fermented apple cider vinegar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veO25...

 

How to Make Tandoori Chicken Burgers – The BEST New Burger in Town!!!


how to Make Tandoori Chicken Burgers - The BEST New Burger in Town!!!
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Recipe type: Chicken / Burgers
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
 
Tandoori chicken is an all-time favorite - what if you could make a delicious Tandoori Chicken Burger???
Ingredients
  • 6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 50g Fresh garlic
  • 35g Fresh ginger
  • 60ml Lemon juice
  • 50ml Chilli paste
  • 10ml Salt
  • 5g Ground cumin
  • 10g Garam masala
  • 50ml Oil
  • 20ml Double cream yogurt
  • 5ml Citric acid
  • 1.5ml Xanthan gum
Instructions
  1. Measure out 2 teaspoons salt, 5g dried cumin powder and 10g garam masala.
  2. Roughly chop 35g of fresh ginger and 50g of garlic.
  3. Pour out 50ml of chilli paste, 20ml of double cream yogurt, 60ml of lemon juice and 50ml of oil.
  4. Finally measure a teaspoon of citric acid and a quarter teaspoon of xanthan gum.
  5. This will make enough marinade for 6 chicken breasts.
  6. Place all of these ingredients except the citric acid and xanthan gum into a tall jug and machine these with your stick blender until fine.
  7. Add the citric acid and xanthan gum and machine the marinade until the final 2 ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  8. Put this aside.
  9. Working with one chicken breast at a time, fold the breast in cling wrap.
  10. Use your mallet to tap this down to an even thickness of about 8mm.
  11. Repeat this with the remaining breasts.
  12. Place the breasts on a large platter and spoon a tablespoon of the marinade onto each one. Spread the marinade over the breasts. Flip the breasts over and repeat.
  13. Put the breasts aside for 35 minutes to marinate.
  14. After the time is up, heat a large pan over high heat and add 30ml of coconut oil.
  15. Fry the breasts for three minutes on one side.
  16. Flip them over and continue to fry for a further 2 minutes. Don't be too concerned about any charring on the first side as this will wipe away in the next step.
  17. After 2 minutes, lift each breast and wipe it around the pan to pick up the stray marinade.
  18. Transfer the Tandoori breast to burger buns dressed with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and mayonnaise and serve immediately with the accompaniments of your choice.

 

Sticky Mocha Coffee Chicken – Amazing Sticky Coffee Chicken – Sticky Chicken with a Difference!!!

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Sticky Mocha Coffee Chicken - Amazing Sticky Coffee Chicken - Sticky Chicken with a Difference!!!
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Recipe type: Chicken / Poultry
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Serves: 4-8
 
Sticky chicken is awesome in any description, but this sticky mocha coffee chicken is at least a few steps ahead of the competition. A few episodes ago we introduced xanthan gum, the thickener of the future. This recipe owes its amazing stickiness and phenomenal mouth-feel to this simple ingredient
Ingredients
  • 150ml Light Soy sauce
  • 125ml Brown sugar
  • 60ml Sherry
  • 80ml Strong brewed coffee (at least double strength)
  • 60ml Olive oil
  • 8 Chicken pieces (drumsticks & thighs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the light soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, strong black coffee, and oil.
  2. Normally there would be no way to combine the oil with the rest of the ingredients, and this is where xanthan gum comes in. Xanthan gum is a strong hydrocolloid which with its bipolar nature will effectively bind the oil and water based ingredients.
  3. Add the xanthan gum and zap the mixture for 60 seconds using your stick blender. You can also do this in a regular blender.
  4. Place the chicken pieces into a vacuum packing bag. If you don't have a vacuum packer, use a ziplock bag and extract as much air as possible.
  5. Pour the marinade.
  6. If you're using basic front-loading vacuum packer, it is a good idea to elevate the machine. This allows you to extract the air from the bag without sucking liquid into the vacuum pump, which will almost certainly damage the machine.
  7. It it also a good idea to do second seal to ensure that the bag does not leak.
  8. Transfer the bag to your refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for at least four hours.
  9. After the marinating time, cut the bag open and empty everything into a tray or container of some sort.
  10. Heat a heavy non-stick pan or a well seasoned cast iron pan over medium high heat. Do not add butter or oil.
  11. Lift the chicken pieces fron the marinade and place them in the pan skin side up.... obviously with the drumsticks this could be a little confusing.
  12. Fry the chicken for 3 minutes per side. It may appear that the chicken is burning, but this is simply the marinade becoming super-caramelized.
  13. After both sides have had 3 minutes, turn the chicken pieces back to their first side and pour in the marinade.
  14. Turn the heat down to medium and allow the chicken to simmer for 15 minutes.
  15. At the 15 minute mark, turn the pieces over and continue simmering the chicken for a further 5 minutes.
  16. Make sure to shake the pan back and forward every minute to ensure that the chicken is well coated with the sticky sauce.
  17. Remove the chicken from the pan and serve with the accompaniments of your choice. As a hint these sticky chicken marvels go incredibly well with prawn crackers.

 

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Portabellini Mushrooms & Red Wine Sauce – Making Sauces using Xanthan Gum.

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Grilled Sirloin Steak with Portabellini Mushrooms & Red Wine Sauce - Making Sauces using Xanthan Gum.
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Recipe type: Steak
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2
 
In today's episode we're making a couple juicy grilled sirloin steaks smothered in fried Portabellini mushrooms and a super quick red wine sauce using xanthan gum.
Ingredients
For the Sauce
  • 250ml Dry red wine (good quality - bad wine = bad sauce)
  • Chicken stock or beef stock
  • 3.75ml Xanthan gum
For the Rest
  • 6 Portabellini / Porcini / brown mushrooms
  • 30g Butter
  • 2 Fronds fresh rosemary
  • 2 x 250g Sirloin / Tenderloin steaks, cut 30mm thick
  • Salt and cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Starting with the red wine sauce, crumble the stock cube into the red wine. Follow the stock manufacturers instructions to calculate the quantity of stock required for this amount of liquid.
  2. Add 3.75ml of xanthan gum to the wine mixture.
  3. Use your stick blender to combine this thoroughly. You can use a regular stand blender. You will end up with a thick red wine sauce within 60 seconds, and all that remains to be done is to heat the sauce in your microwave when required.
  4. Strip the leaves from 2 fronds or fresh rosemary and roughly chop the leaves, then measure out 30g of butter.
  5. You will need 2 juicy sirloin steaks cut to 1 and a quarter inches thick, or just over 30mm.
  6. Stand the steaks on their fatty edge and press 2 skewers through the steaks to secure.
  7. Flip the steaks over and season the fat liberally with salt and cracked black pepper.
  8. Slice the mushrooms and put these aside.
  9. Heat a heavy pan over medium high heat, add the butter and drop the steaks into the pan fatty side down.
  10. Allow the fat to cook like this for 6 to 8 minutes until well browned, crispy and rendered.
  11. Remove the skewers and lift the steaks from the pan while you add half of the rosemary.
  12. Return the steaks to the pan, lying flat, and sprinkle the remaining rosemary over the top.
  13. Grill the steaks for 2 minutes per side for medium rare, or add 30 seconds per side for medium.
  14. Remove the steaks from the pan and transfer them to warm plate to rest.
  15. Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and stir fry these for 2 to 3 minutes until tender and golden.
  16. In the meantime heat the red wine sauce in your microwave oven until nice and warm.
  17. Transfer the steaks to serving platters, top each with half of the mushrooms and a generous dose of the red wine sauce.
  18. Serve your masterpiece immediately with the accompaniments of your choice.

 

The Real Secret to Amazing Salad Dressings – Xanthan Gum, The Thickener of the Future

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The Real Secret to Amazing Salad Dressings - Xanthan Gum, The Thickener of the Future
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Recipe type: Salad / Dressings
 
In today's episode we're looking at a remarkable thickener called xanthan gum. This powder is classified as a hydrocolloid, and is bipolar, but not in a bad way. Bipolar means that it grabs water-based liquids and oil-based liquids simultaneously, creating suspension.
Ingredients
Plain Simple Salad Dressing
  • 240ml Oil (olive, sunflower or peanut)
  • 45ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2.5ml Xanthan gum
  • 10ml Mix dried herbs of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Gourmet Blue Cheese and Anchovy Dressing
  • 160ml Olive oil
  • 60g Anchovies in oil
  • 45ml White wine vinegar
  • 2.5ml Paprika
  • 5ml Crushed garlic
  • 2.5ml Hot English mustard
  • 2.5ml Sugar
  • 2.5ml Himalayan rock salt
  • Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco
  • 100g Strong creamy blue cheese
  • 2.5ml Xanthan gum
Instructions
  1. For the first, and simplest of all dressings, add the lemon juice to the oil.
  2. To this we are only going to add a half teaspoon of xanthan gum. The remarkable thing about this powder is that it works brilliantly with hot or cold liquids.
  3. Add the dried herb mix of your choice.
  4. And then a good dose of roughly ground black pepper and salt.
  5. Zap this all with your stick blender for 60 seconds. You can do this in a regular blender just as well.
  6. And there it is, a perfectly blended salad dressing that will not separate or precipitate, and will keep indefinitely in an airtight container, preferably refrigerated.
  7. Next up is the best salad dressing I have ever tasted... a thick dressing of anchovies, blue cheese, herbs and spices.
  8. Pour the lemon juice and wine vinegar into the olive oil.
  9. Add a half teaspoon of xanthan gum.
  10. Add the anchovy fillets with their oil.
  11. Add the paprika, crushed garlic and hot English mustard.
  12. Break the blue cheese into the mix as well. A strong creamy blue cheese is best for this .... Rosenberg is my favorite.
  13. Then we'll turbo charge this all with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.
  14. Zap the whole lot with your stick blender and again you'll see an instant personality change into a creamy, thick dressing.
  15. This dressing will not separate or precipitate and refrigerator and freezer stable.
  16. To thin this dressing, use the regular pourable dressing we made previously, otherwise use spooned in dollops over your salad.
  17. Stay tuned for tomorrow's episode where we're making the most amazing steak using this same dressing.

 

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