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A condiment that is a spicy hot sauce made from Tabasco peppers, vinegar, and salt. The hot peppers are picked by hand as soon as they ripen to the perfect shade of bright red. The same day the peppers are picked, they are mashed, mixed with a small amount of Avery Island salt, placed in white oak wooden barrels, and allowed to ferment and then age for up to three years, producing a fiery sauce that's highly concentrated and rich in flavor. The fully aged mash is then blended with all natural, high grain vinegar. Numerous stirrings and about four weeks later, the pepper skins and seeds are strained out. The finished sauce is then bottled. The name refers to a very hot, small red Chile that originated in the Mexican state of Tabasco.
How to Select
In addition to the original, you will also find a variety of Tabasco sauces made from different peppers. Each of these offers a different level of heat. Milder sauces include Tabasco's Sweet & Spicy and Green Pepper sauces. Garlic Pepper and Chipotle Pepper varieties fall in the mid-range, while Tabasco's original and Habanero sauces are the hottest. Hence buy as per the taste and verify on the manufacturing date.
· Tabasco can add zest to a wide variety of recipes and it's a key ingredient in the popular Bloody Mary cocktail. Make a Bloody Mary by combining one quart of tomato juice, one cup of vodka, one table spoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, one teaspoon of salt, and one-quarter teaspoon of Tabasco pepper sauce in a two-quart pitcher. The drink should then be stirred well, chilled, served with ice, and garnished with a slice of lime.
· Tabasco sauce is widely used to season a variety of foods, such as sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, French fries, cheese fries, pizza, and even mashed potatoes.
· Add to your favorite barbecue, curry and pasta sauces.
· Sprinkle on tacos, fajitas and burritos.
· Zip up cheese and bean dips.
· Whisk into hearty chowders, stews and soups.
· Use in ethnic dishes - Cajun, Caribbean, Mexican, Asian and African.
· Sprinkle on pizza and foccacia
· Highly concentrated, Tabasco should be used more sparingly than other pepper sauces. The degree to which you use Tabasco depends on your individual taste. Play it safe by starting with a drop or two and work your way up.
· Use it as a "by the drop" condiment for pizza or as a spicy finishing touch to salads, seafood dishes and creamy soups like clam chowder.
How to Store
Tabasco has a shelf life of five years when stored in a cool, dry place. Over time, artificial light, sunlight or extreme hot or cold temperatures may cause the sauce to darken. The sauce may also separate. Neither of these indicates the sauce has gone bad. Just give the bottle a good shake.
· Get rid of a cold by mixing ten to twenty drops of Tabasco pepper sauce into a glass of tomato juice. Drinking several glasses of this mixture daily will help relieve congestion in the sinuses, nose, and lungs. You can also gargle this mixture to help clear the passage way of the respiratory tract.
· Relieve a toothache by applying a dab of Tabasco pepper sauce to the gum area.
· Make a Cola Volcano by mixing one or two drops of Tabasco pepper sauce into a glass of Coca-Cola, stirring well, and adding ice.
· Make spicy popcorn by adding a few drops of Tabasco pepper sauce to the cooking oil before adding the popcorn kernels.