Sunday, 18 September 2011

Some Like it Hot - we do !!

SWEET CHILLI SAUCE

I have been blessed with a gigantic crop of chillies this year and decided this is one of the best ways of preserving them.  I have also dried some, and  frozen some more, but freezer space is short, so it is out with the jars!!

1 kg of peeled chopped de-seeded tomatoes (masses in the garden this year)
2 table spoons of grated or finely chopped fresh and juicy ginger
A whole head of garlic, peeled and chopped
18 large red chillies - (the original recipe said 8 but I decided it need more kick!) use your discretion !
4 Tbs of Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mam in France)
600g sugar
200ml of vinegar (I used tarragon white wine vinegar but apparently any sort works)

After peeling, deseeding and roughly chopping the tomatoes, put in a blender.  Blend lightly, then add the ginger and the garlic and blend for a couple of minutes.
Chop up the chillies, seeds and all, leaving the stalks – advisable to wear gloves for this!
Add all this to the tomatoes and blitz to a puree in a processor -
Add the 4 tablespoons of fish sauce.

Put all this mixture into a big pan, then add 600g of sugar and 200ml vinegar
Stir well and bring to the boil.  Cook on medium heat for a while stirring occasionally, as it thickens, turn down heat to simmer.  A small froth or scum will form - skim this off and discard

Keep simmering stirring occasionally.  When the sauce has thickened and reduced, pour into the jars; seal and label.   Best to leave for a month before using. It will probably make about 4 normal size jam jars full. As you can see I am using up whatever bottles I have available!

I might add that my Father-in-Law who says he has lost his taste with age thinks this sauce is wonderful, he can taste it!!!  Beware, très fort (very hot).

 Enjoy. 

112 comments:

  1. I love peppers of all kinds but have never gotten around to canning, freezing or drying. One of the bloggers I follow did all 3 with her peppers. Yours look a marvellous colour and I bet it tastes scrumptious too!

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  2. Hello Diane:
    Well, this looks as if it would blow our socks off...18 chilli peppers..... you really must like it hot. The colour looks wonderful in the jars and a sauce such as this is so versatile when it comes to 'pepping up' a dish!!!

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  3. Joyful I have also tried a sort of 'jelly like' chillie this year. I have tasted a bit which I had left over after bottling and I think it is going to be yummy. This sauce I made last year which was fantastic, but we decided to double up on the chillies. I licked the spoon when I finished bottling. MMMMMMM :-) Diane

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  4. Jane and Lance, yes we do like hot, but as you say it is so versatile. You can have 'as is' on a meal or add it to a dish that is cooking, Delicious. Diane

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  5. This sounds just what we're looking for as we, too, have a good crop of chillies. The colour of the finished sauce looks so attractive in those jars. Guess I'm going to be busy tomorrow! Extra brownie points if it's 'blow your socks off' hot! I can see this recipe proving to be very popular, Diane. :~)

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  6. 18 chilli peppers! That's making me sweat just thinking about it lol.
    Sounds really tasty though. Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. I might try a wimp's version (8 chillies) as we have lots of chillies in the greenhouse - it looks very easy to make.

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  8. Great color but sounds way too hot for me! Love loads of garlic but I'm a bit of a coward when it comes to chillies :-)

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  9. Colin and Elizabeth I made quite a bit last year, and we did enjoy it, but doubling up the chillies we though was a better idea :))) The tasting I have had with this years crop is yummy. 11 jars so far, almost one a month we are going to be breathing fire Hehe. Diane

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  10. Ellie it is so yummy and so easy to make. You do not have to use tablespoons like we do a teaspoon will do :)) Diane

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  11. Jean if you have lots you may as well double up and then use less, it will last longer, He he Diane

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  12. Niall and Antoinette the sauce is so good, and easy to make, as I say use the chillies with discretion, we like our socks blown off :))Diane

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  13. My wife and most of our children prefer hot and spicy sauces.

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  14. I am pleased that you had so good crop of chillies.There are so many ways to use them and add that extra hit to the dishes:) Sauce looks amazingly good;)

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  15. I would love to make this, but I try to stay away from growing chillies and such....I would be too tempted to use it and my husband can't take the heat!

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  16. Abraham Lincoln you would love this sauce. Diane

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  17. Dzoli I agree they have so many uses, I could not cook without chillies. This is a particularly good recipe. Diane

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  18. Lyndsey the best part of this is that you can use it as a table sauce as well, so those who do not want it, do not have to use it!! Diane

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  19. This sauce sounds divine.....unfortunately...as I have gotten older "spicy" no longer likes me.....Whaaaaaa!!!

    xo

    Jo

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  20. Your own hot sauce! I bet it's better than any commercial one on the market,

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  21. Hi Diane, this dip looks extremely good. Extra kick to any deep fried food. Have a nice day.

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  22. This sounds and looks amazing Dianne! My word!! 18 chilies!! Is there life after that??? Ha ha

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  23. Jo sorry spicy no longer likes you, life would never be the same for me if I could not enjoy hot and spicy food :-) Diane

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  24. Rosaria there is no comparison with the bought 'stuff', this has an amazing flavour as well as being hot. Diane

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  25. Amelia's De-ssert we love it on almost everything, it really does taste good. Diane

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  26. Liesl, oh definitely life after that, just treat with caution LOL. Take care. Diane

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  27. Your chilli sauce looks great Diane but I must admit I don't like food too hot, you know, like when you break out in a sweat on your forehead ... :)

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  28. Graham this has such a lovely flavour to it, and if you have only in small amounts you will not break out in a sweat LOL Diane

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  29. Will remember this recipe for when we get our chilli glut!

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  30. Vera it is well worth remembering, it really is very tasty :) Diane

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  31. from your posting and all the comments, I conclude it is time to go shopping for chillies and start cooking

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  32. anni if you want to pop over I can give you the chillies LOL Diane

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  33. Mmmm, looks good. I want to taste it.:-) Hugs Stina

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  34. Stina it would probably be cheaper to make your own and taste it than fly here LOL Diane

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  35. diane, it's incredible that you're making your own chilly sauce! you sure can take hot!!

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  36. Lena it is so much better than the bought 'stuff' it has masses of flavour besides being hot!! Diane

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  37. I like it hot, but Tim does not!
    I'm ashamed to admit that I buy my chilli sauce but occasionally 'spice it up' with extra chillies.

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  38. Really mouth watering!
    I wish my health could allow me to eat with such a sauce!
    Cheers, Diane!
    XXXXXX

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  39. Gaynor try this recipe as it really is easy and soooo much nicer than the bought. Tim does not have to use it LOL Diane

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  40. Sorry Noushka 'cause it really is yummy :-) Diane

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  41. Yes, yes, yes. It's exactly what I'm going to do in the nearest future.

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  42. wow..sounds so yummy..love pepper too! hope I can do it too..hehe!

    thanks for sharing Diane:)

    thanks for the visit about my YUmmy Sunday:) see you around!

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  43. Olga it is such a simple recipe and oh so delicious, enjoy. Diane

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  44. I might just have to give this a go. I LOVE hot food. If i could i'd eat breakfast with chillies. Thank you for sharing Diane, this is a great post!

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  45. teJan it is such an easy recipe and well worth the little effort it requires. It is fantastic enjoy. Diane

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  46. Boye By Red if you like hot you will love this recipe. My french neighbours are loving all I am making :-) Diane

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  47. Wow - your recipe sounds and looks delicious - very hot - just the way my husband likes it:)
    Mary

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  48. Mary, Mum's Kitchen, I am sure your husband would love this it really tastes just soooo good. Take care Diane

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  49. My son would like this.
    So many comments, AGAIM.
    Think I'll just say hi - HI.

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  50. I like it hot and that looks amazing. Wouldn't know where to start making something like that. Hopefully I may get to try some in the not too distant future :-)

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  51. So much fun to experiment and create. Sounds delicious.

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  52. Leon and Sue I always appreciate you saying Hi and I do ALWAYS read every comment. This is such an easy recipe to make I am sure your son would enjoy :-) Diane

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  53. Froggy I also hope that you get to try some, but it is easy to make anyway. Hope you have a great trip to Spain. Take care Diane xx

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  54. Sarah if you like it hot I highly recommend this recipe it is delicious :) Diane

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  55. wow!
    i tried to grow them and... ... no luck!
    gorgeous pics !
    happy day,
    Rosa

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  56. I've seen bunches of lovely fresh chillies for sale at our local farm stall, but wondered what to do with them.. maybe I should give this a try! Looks great, and I have a chili-loving stepson arriving next week on holiday... I will let you know how it goes!!

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  57. your homemade chili sauce sound so good..curious the taste with added tomatoes where i usually dont add..must try one day.

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  58. Muito bom...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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  59. You are my kind of girl... I wish I had peppers to make this sauce with because I LOVE hot sauce. Put it on everything. Gorgeous simple recipe and what bounty from your peppers... and you can have it all winter long!

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  60. bikim the first year I tried they were also a disaster, but last year they grew well and this year I have so many from 3 plants you cannot believe it. Worth trying again. Diane

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  61. Karen I am sure that your stepson will love this if he likes 'hot'. Please let me know how you get on. Diane

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  62. Sonia I am sure if you try this recipe you will love it. Take care Diane

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  63. Fernando Santos, Saudações, obrigado pelo comentário. Diane

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  64. lostpastremembered, wish I could send you some, but postal charges from here for anything heavy are ridiculous, sorry. It is though very easy to make, and with your cookery skills it would take you no time at all. Have a good day, Diane

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  65. Quelle chance d'avoir un jardin aussi riche.
    Une sauce pleine de saveurs.
    See soon

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  66. I've never actually tried any 'jarred' recipes, my hubby would love the heat!

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  67. oh this looks great love sweet chili sauce fun blog love France :-)

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  68. Nadji, merci pour le commentaire. Mon jardin est fantastique cette année. Bonne journée. Diane

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  69. Muppy if your husband likes hot, I am sure he would love it if you made some of this for him, it is so easy Diane

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  70. Hi Rebecca and thanks for your visit and comment. Just zapped over to see your blog and I love your recipes. I will be back. Take care Diane

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  71. Oh, hot stuff! How wonderful to be able to make/bottle your own chilli sauce. Love the stuff! Chillies are so easy to grow too which is good.

    Hope you're going great over in my fantasy land. Just letting you know I've put up some gob-smackingly gorgeous pics of the Sahara Desert in Morocco as everyone wanted more!

    Denise

    http://laussiestravelblog.blogspot.co

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  72. Denise I am sure you would love this if you made it and it is so easy. Take care Diane

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  73. It sounds good and hot and delicious to me! Great use for all your peppers. Love your header pic too!

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  74. Diane, I find the recipe most interesting and hope to try it out. What I find interesting is the combination of fresh ginger and fish sauce with all of those chillis. I have never made my own chilli sauce and never even looked at a recipe so had not thought about those additions.

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  75. Oh wow, your own hot sauce. We go through masses of Tabasco and Cholula, I wish I had a blender to try this.

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  76. Thanks Pam, it is a really good recipe and when my neighbours tell me it is special then I know it has to be :) Diane

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  77. chcmichel, I highly recommend this recipe it is so yummy and very easy to make. Hope you enjoy.Diane

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  78. Bourbon&Pearls, it is worth buying a cheap blender just to make this recipe :)))) Diane

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  79. Beautiful recipe, pretty much like my homemade ketchup, but that "touch" of chilis must be amazing, I'll try it this summer, it's a promise.

    Nice you had known the tree tomatoes in S.A., they call them that in Colombia I learned from the comments, I can't wait to see those beauties growing in my garden!

    The house on sale on the right column: not yours?

    Big hugs

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  80. I'm jealous of your chillies!

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  81. Hi Diane, I'm on one of my infrequent tours of Quay Po's blog friends. I have one response to the chilli sauce recipe. YIKES! (^^,) Before I came to SE Asia, I had palate that was almost intolerant of chilis. Through the years I transmogrified into a true desciple of "the burn". Still, your recipe makes me wonder if you and Nigel experienced childhood traumas. LOL! I have a couple of questions: Do you or your readers ever consume spicy food to a point of a relatively high level "burn", then, after a bit of revelery soaking it all in, take a sip of hot sweet tea (in Malaysia we call it "teh tarik") to get a sort of explosive burn that is almost dizzying? I would liken it to fighting fire with fire, where ultimately the fire is extinguished, but the explosive heat, for a moment, is heady stuff. My second question is whether other chili aficianados begin to experience gastric problems as a result of spicy foods as they grow older?
    Cheers,
    P.S. Amazing lightening photos!

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  82. Hubby and I love spicy stuff Diane. That looks really HOT!

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  83. Pamela I sure you will love this recipe if you like it hot.
    The house for sale belongs to my neighbour. His grandmother passed on last year and the house was left to him and his sister. He is desperate to sell as he has not the time to look after it, but times are not good for selling at present sadly. Diane

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  84. Peggy sorry, wish I could send you some...... Take care Diane

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  85. Simplifried LOL no neither of us had childhood dramas. Think we have just got to like our food hotter and hotter as years go by!! As we do not drink tea it is unlikely we would ever try your trick. We only drink herbal and with no sugar in it!!! As for gastric problems as you grow older I have often wondered the same thing. Is there a DR reading this who can come up with an answer :-))
    Thanks for the comment re the lightening. Take care Diane

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  86. chubskulit it is hot but you can use as much or as little as you like. Have a good day. Diane

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  87. Hélène if you try this I am sure you will not be disappointed. Bonne journee. Diane

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  88. Love the idea of canning these Diane. We go back and forth between two homes when the season changes and this would be perfect. Transporting frozen things is not something I feel like dealing with. Plus they are so pretty!
    Sam

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  89. looks great.... i love that it is from the galloping gourmet...i watched him when i was in high school...and LOVED him......

    happy to stop by today

    kary and teddy
    xx

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  90. Sam because of the lack of freezer space here at the moment, I have bottled curried beans, and experimented with bottled ratatouille and mixed vegetables. I do not plan on keeping them past winter so I hope it works to tide us over. I agree carrying frozen 'stuff' is a pain if it over long distances. Diane

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  91. Looks good Diane .. We like it hot too!!!

    Hope you are well too. yes my postcard collection is huge now .. I am going to get them altogether and do a collage .

    Take care .. I am away at a wedding this weekend .. not online .. will be intouch xx

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  92. kary and teddy, Hi there and thanks so much for the visit. Good to 'meet' you. Have a great day. Diane

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  93. Hi Anne, hope you have fun at the wedding take it easy, no more broken bones!!!!
    The PC collage will be beautiful. See you soon. Diane xx

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  94. It seems very interesting.
    I really like hot sauces.
    This year I came back from South Africa with many bottles of extra-hot peri-peri.

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  95. Andrea I highly recommend this sauce but it has a different kick to peri-peri :-) Diane

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  96. We always buy one... Now we shall try to make our own! Nice recipe!
    CrazyTourist1

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  97. Crazy Tourists I highly recommend this it beats bought sauce any day. Diane

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  98. It looks fantastic! I like spicy and hot food.

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  99. JM I am sure you would love this then it is really yummy. Diane

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  100. I have been wanting to make a chili sauce for some time; will give this one a try, it sounds perfect!

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  101. Taste of Beirut, hope you enjoy as much as we did. It is really tasty as well as hot. Take care Diane

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  102. Fresh Garden, thanks for your visit and good to 'meet' you. This is the best sauce I have ever tasted it is worth the little effort it takes to make it. Have a god day Diane

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  103. Oh how I love hot and spicy food and this sauce sounds yummy.. I love the photo of your jars of brightly coloured sauce :)

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  104. Dolly if you like hot I highly recommend this recipe. It is easy and the end result is so yummy!! Keep well Diane

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