Sunday, January 16, 2011

Frugan: Habanero Sauce & Recipe Testing

I have a thing for spicy food. I can't get enough of it, especially during the winter months. Habanero sauce is one of my favorite things. This is a forgiving recipe. In fact, a couple winters ago I ended up putting Kumquats in a batch when I realized I was out of vinegar. 

Just a word of caution. These are HOT! You might want to wear gloves when you prepare them. Do not use a cast iron pan  unless you want the next 4 or 5 meals be infused with the heat and flavor from the sauce. ( there's also a fair amount of vinegar in the recipe which can react sometimes with an under seasoned cast iron)
Soak your cutting board in a baking soda mixture to help take away the heat from it, but you might want to mark your board and use the other side for the next couple of days/

Habanero Sauce 
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 habaneros, cut in half 
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 small carrots 
  • 10 large garlic cloves 
  • about 1 tsp sea salt 
  • ¼ t Kal Stevia Powder
  • 1.5 cups red wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  1. Sauté peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and salt for 15 minutes in a non stick skillet
  2. Add stevia, vinegar and water
  3. Bring t a strong simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes
  4. Let cool and blend
This will keep in the fridge for a month. It will separate; that's OK, just stir it together before using. You can freeze it in an ice cube tray and store the cubes in your freezer. One cube adds great heat and flavor to rice, chili, marinades or other dishes.

This is not a salsa that one would eat on a chip unless your a little crazy for heat like I am. Here's a salsa recipe that goes great with chips!

Do you prefer spicy food or do you stick to mild sauces?

This week I am kicking up the recipe production. I am really excited about my cookbook! I've been talking about this for YEARS now! I keep revising it and changing recipes. I'm rarely happy with anything I put out for any length of time, so I go back and change everything around! In the next month or so I am going to be needing about 20 recipe testers.

It's so funny, when you go back through my blog you will see that both my cookbook and my weight are subjects that come up over and over and over again! I have a feeling that this year is going to be THE YEAR where I bring my goals to fruition!


  1. Hi. I would love to be a tester. :)

    Krys and the boys

  2. I would love to be a recipe tester for you Melody :-) Let me know!


  3. paying homage to the hab I see that is great. If posting stuff to the states was not a mess would send you a few from all around the caribbean to try..i have way too are on a good track with this pepper sauce

  4. I've never considered making my own habanero sauce -- this is intriguing. Beautiful photos!

  5. Oohh I would love to be a tester! I just found your site a few days ago and I'm trying out the goaty cheese this week.

  6. Me, me. I'll test recipes. I like moderately spicy food but not for every meal. I like variety, and I like to taste my food, not just the heat!

  7. i want this year to be "the year" also! that was funny, that you could be tasting hobs for days if you used the same pot:) i dont know if i like hot stuff as much as you:) but im no "medium" girl either! if there is anything i can do to help you with your cookbook let me know, if somebody is counting on me, i follow directions really well:)lol.

    piggy says whe would be glad to help...(but i wouldnt trust her)

  8. h*A*banero
    whoops spelled that wrong:)

  9. I love spicy food, bring it on! With 3 habaneros this sauce has to have a great kick. Habeneros are so cute little creatures.

    Yes, please! I'd love to be a recipe tester Melody. :)

  10. Hi Sweetie, You know I am always there to test for you. Spicy is my husbands favorite kind of food.

  11. I'm slowly gaining an appreciation of hotter foods, but I'm still not about to go messing with habaneros- That's a bit too spicy for me!

  12. I'd be happy to test for you, just say the word :)

    I love your positive attitude about this year being "the one." So far, I feel that way too, and it's great!

  13. I remember my first experience with multiple habaneros, sans gloves... it wasn't pretty!!

  14. Mmm, I love spicy food! My family, including extended family, no longer ask me if I think something is spicy before they eat it. I have a very high tolerance for heat, so I always say no, then they walk away with a burned mouth! I think it's great that you're working on your cookbook (and your weight?)! If I read about your comment about your weight correctly, I'll cheer you on, and you can cheer me on!

    Also, thanks for coming to my blog and answering all my questions. I noticed you did that here, too. Good luck with everything!

  15. Great pictures! I really like the idea of this also. I think it would be great over some mushroom heavy pasta. Yum!