Thursday, September 5, 2013

HOT SAUCE AS A PREP!!

 
 

If you are a fan of spicy food (jalapenos, hot sauce, wasabi, horseradish, etc.) like we are, then you probably think of spicy as just another slice of the flavor spectrum just like sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. Some never quite acquire the “flavor”, but for many of the rest of us… life would not be complete without spicy. Having absolutely no spicy in our flavor spectrum would be like having a rainbow with no red. That rainbow would totally suck, right??

Those of us who grown to love that classic vinegar/tomato/hot pepper combination in one form or another… many of us start putting it on everything. It doesn’t stop with our Mexican food and Buffalo wings. We start putting it on our eggs, burgers, on Cajun and Creole foods, potatoes, rice, oysters, cocktails (like Bloody Mary’s), sandwiches, soups, stews, meatloaf… the list is endless!! Hot sauces are being used on everything and on all kinds of foods!


Hot Sauce Makes Bad Food Better!

OK, so have you found yourself in a situation where you really needed to eat something, but the food really wasn’t great at all? Or perhaps it was actually terrible? But for one reason or another (like you didn’t want to offend “someone” by not eating it) you really needed to eat it? You need a secret weapon to help you get your Mother-in-law’s cooking down? Well… enter hot sauce!! For we heat aficionados, that secret weapon can absolutely be hot sauce!

Not only can hot sauce help you get through your mother-in-law’s cooking (don’t worry, your secret is safe with us), it could also save your life in a survival situation by helping make some pretty unappetizing food sources (like semi-fresh road kill for example) a bit more palatable. Hot sauces have the amazing ability to make even bad food taste at least slightly better! Or… at least cover up the bad taste by setting your mouth on fire.
 



 
Hot Sauce is Easy to Store!
Because the vast majority of hot sauces have such a high vinegar content, not only do they have a fairly long shelf life, they can also be stored on a shelf unrefrigerated even after opened! This makes them an ideal food storage item! Also, since usually a little hot sauce goes a long way (depending on how spicy the sauce is and how much heat you enjoy), bottles of hot sauce are typically very small and take up very little space compared to other standard condiments like ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc. It’s hard to beat your favorite hot sauce in terms of bang for your buck!

 
Did you know? - Tabasco in MREs
  • Individual serving-sized bottles of Tabasco sauce were first included in military MREs in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 1993 that these now famous tiny Tabasco bottles found a home in almost every military MRE.
  • Capsaicin (the heat producing chemical compound found in hot peppers like cayenne, the main ingredient in Tabasco) is a natural blocking agent of the chemical involved in the transmission of pain.
  • Cayenne is also rich in natural aspirin-like chemical compounds making it a great substitute pain reliever for headaches!
  • 10-20 drops of Tabasco in a glass of warm water is amazing improvised gargle for sore throats!
  • Capsaicin can also dramatically reduce chronic nerve pain like arthritis, shingles, trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy.
  • Tabasco can also be used as an insect repellant


 

 

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