I love all things hot; hot sauce, hot chips, hot dogs – anything. When I discovered this srirachi sauce which is served in Vietnamese cuisine, I was in love. There is one big problem with buying this sauce from the supermarket. It contains potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfate.
Upon further research sodium bisulfate is an acid salt. Does this sound appetizing?
"Chemically, sodium bisulfite is a combination of sodium, hydrogen, sulfur and oxygen. It is also called sodium hydrogen sulfate, and is classed as a sulfite, or sulfur-based chemical. Its natural form is a white crystalline powder, but turns yellow in solution. It is acidic, considered corrosive, and is a powerful reducing agent used in water treatment, textile dye preparation and film development, but most people are more familiar with its use as a food additive." LiveStrong
Potassium Sorbate does not far as bad, howerver this does give me pause:
"It (potassium sorbate) also has several commercial applications in the coatings, rubber and personal car product industries" LiveStrong
Why deal with the hieroglyphs of food additives when you can just make the stuff yourself with 5 ingredients and a blender.
You can make the sauce cooked or raw. I chose to steam my peppers – cause I'm fancy! lol
15 red jalapeno and 5 red serrano peppers (courtesy of the Farmer's Market)
10 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup red wine vinegar (recipe calls for regular or rice wine. I used what I had in the cupboard . . .and yes, I said cupboard)
1 tablespoon of sugar (I only had brown sugar)
Put all ingredients into a blender and mix until you have achieved the desired consistency.
I had a spoon of this stuff with my eggs with mushrooms and turkey bacon breakfast.