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What is Tabasco Sauce? 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 Tabasco Sauce
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.
7 Uses of Tabasco Sauce
1. Tabasco being a spicy, sour sauce is very useful for making other types of sauces as well. It is can be added to a barbecue sauce, a marinating sauce, steak sauce or a chipotle BBQ sauce.
2. It's a key ingredient in the popular Bloody Mary cocktail. You can make a Bloody Mary by combining tomato juice, vodka, little lemon juice, a little Worcestershire sauce, salt, and one-quarter teaspoon of Tabasco pepper sauce. The drink should then be stirred well, chilled, served with ice, and garnished with a slice of lime. A non-alcoholic version can be made the say, without adding the vodka, called the Virgin Mary.
3. 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. In almost all these dishes, the sauce can be added on top or added to the dish while cooking itself.
For complete uses of Tabasco Sauce read this article.
How to Store Tabasco Sauce
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.
Health Benefits Tabasco Sauce
· 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.
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