Spicy vinegar

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Steve H

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I only had about a quart left of spicy vinegar. So it was time to make a new batch.

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Started out with about 1.5 pounds of Thai chilies. These are about as hot as Cayenne peppers. Perhaps a touch hotter. I can not find Cayenne peppers around here. Or the Thai's for that
matter. But when I travel out of state I can find these.

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Sorted, stems trimmed. And tips removed. Now to pack in bottles.

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Ended with 2 quarts. And a 750ml bottle of vinegar.
The brine is:
9 cups of white vinegar. Or apple cider vinegar.
3 Tbs of pickling salt.
Put in pot and bring to low boil to dissolve the salt.
Let cool slightly the add to bottles.


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After a week or so it'll be ready. What I do is pour the vinegar into a smaller bottle. And add more vinegar to the original. I'll do this until the heat has left the peppers. Then I'll eat the peppers!
This stuff is great on so many things.
 
Man oh man Steve, when you make spicy stiff you don't mess around :emoji_wink: I actually like the flavor of the Thai peppers better than cayenne peppers so this is right up my alley. Q for you though: after getting it into the jars do you put the jars under pressure or just let them do their thing naturally?

Robert
 
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Man oh man Steve, when you make spicy stiff you don't mess around :emoji_wink: I actually like the flavor of the Thai peppers better than cayenne peppers so this is right up my alley. Q for you though: after getting it into the jars do you put the jars under pressure or just let them do their thing naturally?

Robert

Thanks Robert! The mason jars I put under vacuum. I put some in the used tequila bottle on a whim. Thought it would look cool. I will use that last. To give it time to work.
 
That looks great, but I'm with @ smoker jim on the heat. I bet it's pretty hot stuff! Reckon it'd be quite a bit hotter with some cut peppers in it.
Keep up the great pickling ideas man :emoji_thumbsup:

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If any of you want to try some before committing to a large batch Texas Pete makes and sells it.

 
You were right Steve, the vinegar in the tequila bottle does look cool, nice work! RAY
Thanks Ray!

Dang it Steve. You are going to get me on another journey! Bet that is some tasty stuff. I could think of 100 ways to use. Nice one.
Lol! Thanks! This vinegar has many uses alright.

Looking good Steve , even though my mouth is burning just looking at it.
Thanks Jim! It is pretty warm. But has really nice flavor.

That looks great, but I'm with @ smoker jim on the heat. I bet it's pretty hot stuff! Reckon it'd be quite a bit hotter with some cut peppers in it.
Keep up the great pickling ideas man :emoji_thumbsup:

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Thanks!

Looks great Steve!! Lot of uses for that for sure.
Thanks!

Looks good Steve
I can see using that vinegar in stir fries, and I like just vinegar on my salads so it would go on there also

David
Thank you! Yup, I use it as a base for salad dressing. Mix with olive oil and diced shallots. Great stuff!

Man that looks good. Looking forward to trying some pickles this winter from some of your other threads!
Thanks! I've used this for spicy pickles as well. Mix it / with regular vinegar. And with pickled eggs? Whew!

If any of you want to try some before committing to a large batch Texas Pete makes and sells it.

Thanks! I've tried Texas Pete's. It's good stuff. But I can make a couple gallons of this for the cost of a couple bottles of theirs. I've made this vinegar quite a few times now. And really like the results.
 
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Looks great Steve! That reminds me I need to make more even though I have quite a bit left, I’ve been wanting to try a habanero one.

I see you add salt to yours, how is that?
 
Looks great Steve! That reminds me I need to make more even though I have quite a bit left, I’ve been wanting to try a habanero one.

I see you add salt to yours, how is that?

I like it. It isn't really alot. Considering I use 1 TBS per cup of vinegar for pickles. It adds a slight salt flavor that really works with the spicy kick. And, since I use the peppers for numerous refills. It makes me feel better in regards to the peppers getting nasty.
 
Question... is this shelf stable or do you keep in the reefer?

I just keep it in the fridge. Never thought whether it was shelf stable or not. Though when I was going up we had a neighbor that made her own pepper vinegar. And left it on the table.
 
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Steve, I don't know how I missed this originally, but my wife loves pepper vinegar on greens and cabbage. I like it too, but just not as much as my wife. So now I'll be on the hunt for the peppers which may be difficult to find. Thanks...
 
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I just keep it in the fridge. Never thought whether it was shelf stable or not. Though when I was going up we had a neighbor that made her own pepper vinegar. And left it on the table.

Thanks!
 
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