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this fermented life

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I have been making sriarcha. It started a few years ago with a simple recipe my friend Matteo gave me. I have evolved that simple raw chili sauce recipe into a fermented and cooked version. It has the texture you were trained on with Huy Fong Rooster sauce but unlike that mass-produced-but-still-incredibly-tasty-and-eye-opening predecessor this is made entirely by hand. My hands. Sometimes my daughters hands. I usually buy between 20-40 pounds of chile peppers for each batch. I chop up the chiles and add garlic, brown sugar, and redmond real salt. I ferment each batch, stirring and checking daily until its done fermenting. Usually 9-14 days. Each batch is unique and on its own schedule. I then add apple cider vinegar and it gets a very quick cooking time. Next I add honey and puree the sauce. Lastly I push it through a sieve and bottle it.

Each batch is of a single pepper varietal. Past offerings: Red Fresno (mild), Red Habanero (very hot), Recoto/Manzano (hot)

Oh yeah. I also make a …