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DIY Sauce

Grow and Make’s Will Johnston wants to encourage folks to do just that—use their hands and creativity to make something. That something? Tasty hot sauce and barbecue sauce. Each Made in the USA kit is packed with the dry essentials needed to get cooking, from the gloves to the ingredients to the bottles for your finished product. Add a few fresh ingredients, and you’re ready to go fully DIY. Follow the step-by-step recipe, or go off the script to customize your sauce by making it spicier or sweeter. (You’d make Will feel so proud.) Will is also passionate about sustainability, too, so Grow and Make uses good-for-people, good-for-the-earth practices whenever possible.

Grow and Make

Make-Your-Own Sauce Kits

DIY Sauce

Grow and Make’s Will Johnston wants to encourage folks to do just that—use their hands and creativity to make something. That something? Tasty hot sauce and barbecue sauce. Each Made in the USA kit is packed with the dry essentials needed to get cooking, from the gloves to the ingredients to the bottles for your finished product. Add a few fresh ingredients, and you’re ready to go fully DIY. Follow the step-by-step recipe, or go off the script to customize your sauce by making it spicier or sweeter. (You’d make Will feel so proud.) Will is also passionate about sustainability, too, so Grow and Make uses good-for-people, good-for-the-earth practices whenever possible.
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Quick Questions

What kind of shelf life can I expect for my hot sauce?

First and foremost you must sterilize everything you use to make and bottle your hot sauce. While vinegar and sugar are good preservatives, the fact that peppers and other vegetables are in your sauce limits the length of safe shelf life. Don’t place any kinds of oil in your sauce, since it can introduce botulinum. If you have a tight seal and boil your sauce for at least 20 minutes, you can safely store the sauce on the shelf (in shaded and cool location) for six months. A rule of thumb is that a hot sauce recipe with 20% vinegar will have a pH at a safe level for preserving (A pH of around 3.4 will create an ideal acidic solution that will prevent bacteria growth. You can either use limes, lemons, or vinegar, or you can ferment the hot sauce). We suggest that your sauce be refrigerated until you intend to use it if it has less than 20% vinegar. The smell and taste should be clear indicators if your sauce is or is not ready for prime time.

What is the key to a great hot sauce?

Quality ingredients, proportions, and experimentation are key to a good hot sauce. However, it's also highly encouraged to experiment and make a sauce that has your own signature.

Which peppers correspond to which level of heat in my sauce?

This heat index lists common peppers used in hot sauce and their heat level:
Poblano/Ancho = Mild
Pasilla = Mild
Guajillo = Warm
Jalapeno = Hot
Chipotle = Hot
Serrano = Hot
Arbol = Hot
Manzano = Hot
Tabasco = Very Hot
Cayenne = Very Hot
Habanero = Very Hot
Anything hotter is probably not going to be good for hot sauce.

Are there any concerns about allergies or reactions to the peppers if I’m making hot sauce to sell or give to friends?

Yes, some people have severe allergies to peppers. However, most people who have this allergy are aware of it and would avoid hot sauce.

Learn more about the products

Make-Your-Own Hot Sauce Kit see details Make-Your-Own BBQ Sauce Kit see details

Grow and Make

Make-Your-Own Sauce Kits

DIY Sauce

Grow and Make’s Will Johnston wants to encourage folks to do just that—use their hands and creativity to make something. That something? Tasty hot sauce and barbecue sauce.

Each Made in the USA kit is packed with the dry essentials needed to get cooking, from the gloves to the ingredients to the bottles for your finished
product. Add a few fresh ingredients, and you’re ready to go fully DIY.

Follow the step-by-step recipe, or go off the script to customize your sauce by making it spicier or sweeter. (You’d make Will feel so proud.)

Will is also passionate about sustainability, too, so Grow and Make uses good-for-people, good-for-the-earth practices whenever possible.
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Quick Questions

What kind of shelf life can I expect for my hot sauce?

First and foremost you must sterilize everything you use to make and bottle your hot sauce. While vinegar and sugar are good preservatives, the fact that peppers and other vegetables are in your sauce limits the length of safe shelf life. Don’t place any kinds of oil in your sauce, since it can introduce botulinum. If you have a tight seal and boil your sauce for at least 20 minutes, you can safely store the sauce on the shelf (in shaded and cool location) for six months. A rule of thumb is that a hot sauce recipe with 20% vinegar will have a pH at a safe level for preserving (A pH of around 3.4 will create an ideal acidic solution that will prevent bacteria growth. You can either use limes, lemons, or vinegar, or you can ferment the hot sauce). We suggest that your sauce be refrigerated until you intend to use it if it has less than 20% vinegar. The smell and taste should be clear indicators if your sauce is or is not ready for prime time.

What is the key to a great hot sauce?

Quality ingredients, proportions, and experimentation are key to a good hot sauce. However, it's also highly encouraged to experiment and make a sauce that has your own signature.

Which peppers correspond to which level of heat in my sauce?

This heat index lists common peppers used in hot sauce and their heat level:
Poblano/Ancho = Mild
Pasilla = Mild
Guajillo = Warm
Jalapeno = Hot
Chipotle = Hot
Serrano = Hot
Arbol = Hot
Manzano = Hot
Tabasco = Very Hot
Cayenne = Very Hot
Habanero = Very Hot
Anything hotter is probably not going to be good for hot sauce.

Are there any concerns about allergies or reactions to the peppers if I’m making hot sauce to sell or give to friends?

Yes, some people have severe allergies to peppers. However, most people who have this allergy are aware of it and would avoid hot sauce.

Learn more about the products

Make-Your-Own Hot Sauce Kit see details Make-Your-Own BBQ Sauce Kit see details