Turbo-1's HOT STUFF

  1. Astronuc

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    I'm looking forward to tasting some of turbo's habanero sauce. :tongue2:
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  3. turbo

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    You'll taste it soon enough! It's pretty easy to make, since my wife decided to further simplify the recipe.

    Chop 12 habaneros and 2-3 cloves of garlic in a food processor. Transfer to saucepan with 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 tsp sale, 1/2 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp molasses. Bring to a boil, then transfer to sterilized canning jars and process in a boiling-water bath for 15 minutes.

    We doubled the recipe this time, and used a whole large bulb of fresh Russian garlic from our neighbor's garden. Mmmm!
  4. Astronuc

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    See you at dinner time. :biggrin:
  5. turbo

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    Today, I picked cucumbers and peppers, and my wife and I chopped, canned and pickled all day (still not entirely done with the pickling). We combined habaneros, jalapenos, lipstick chilis, and a nice assortment of red peppers that Astronuc brought up with 3 large bulbs of German garlic that our neighbor gave us to make a really flavorful pepper sauce. Actually, it's not a sauce in the sense that things are pureed and watered down - it's more like a very hot, tasty relish.:tongue2:

    We are now cooking off the bread-and-butter pickles and sterilizing the canning jars and lids prior to processing. I picked cucumbers two other times this week and refrigerated them, and with the onions, green peppers, German garlic and other ingredients, we'll probably can close to 20 quarts of those pickles this afternoon. Mmmm!

    Some of Astonuc's peppers are very flavorful, but mild, and some are very zippy, and the end result with our flavorful jalapenos and the sneaky-hot habaneros is a pepper relish that is to die for. My wife had to run back to town for some additional Mason jars, and she took in some "overage" (too much to fit in another jar, not enough to justify canning another jar) to the owner of the store. From his reaction, we may have to consider franchising this stuff. He has asked for more (for personal consumption) and we may have to start charging him if we can't establish an equitable barter system (we do need Mason jars, as many of them do not find their way back home when we give give canned goods away) or else charge him and keep increasing the price until he squeaks. You can't buy stuff like this in any store, and he and our garlic-growing neighbor are pepper-heads.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2007
  6. Astronuc

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    I need feedback on the mild peppers, so I can avoid them in the future. :biggrin:

    Hey, turbo, provide me the specs on the jars, and next time I'll bring a box full. :biggrin:

    I was just thinking that you guys should go pro with your hot sauces, relishes and other spiced up food! :approve:
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
  7. turbo

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    The skinny, crooked red ones were pretty mild, but they have a nice flavor. That's the reason that I keep planting jalapeno peppers. They are not hot enough for some purposes, but they have a wonderful scent and flavor and they can turn a hot pepper relish from simply hot to hot and tasty.

    When scraped clean of the placenta and seeds, jalapenos make tasty, mild, poppers that most folks love, though my wife and I tend to leave them pretty intact (just slice them in half and stuff them) for our own consumption. I cleaned the heck out of the jalapenos we made the poppers with on Thursday night, and the hot-averse members of your family seemed to survive (and thrive) on them. We had them again this afternoon when my sister-in-law and her husband showed up to pick blackberries (along with chicken, hot dogs, and burgers - instant replay) and sent them home with a gallon of cukes, too. The poppers were a bit hotter this time around but my sister-in-law went back for extras after tucking into one that brought tears to her eyes.:cry::tongue2:
  8. turbo

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    Today, we started a batch of tomato and pepper salsa with lipstick chilis, jalapeno, green habanero, bell pepper, onion, garlic, fresh cilantro, etc. It's cooling now so I can put it in the fridge overnight, but tomorrow I'll put it back on the stove to simmer and thicken all day so we can process it in Mason jars tomorrow night. Mmm!

    My wife visited a supermarket on her way home from work and found only 3 white onions in stock at the height of canning season and bought them all. (all?) If I owned that store, the manager of the produce department would either start taking some interest in his job, or he'd be down the road. There were no habaneros in stock, nor any other reliably hot peppers, either. Those of us who can our produce rely on large stores to supply some of the "basics", and it is a shame that these fools cannot identify seasonal peaks in sales and plan ahead. Lots of folks up here who are not otherwise into canning produce will at least put up a batch or two of home-made pickles, so there is always a solid demand for onions, peppers, dill, mustard seeds, etc in late summer and early fall. These big food chains can't seem to get it through their heads that these seasonal demands on basic commodities can be great loss-leaders to get people in the front door. There is a store in the town about 15 miles south of here that routinely runs sales on bananas for 3# for a dollar. It's not a big store, but the meat and produce are reliably good, and there are lots of pensioners in that town that will shop there because of the attractive loss-leaders and the small friendly staff.

    Edit: the guy who bought that store in the 1960's was a marketing genius. His name was George Cannell, and I dated his younger daughter for a time. He called his store "George's Banana Stand" and he ran almost constant specials on bananas, and mixed it up with some other specials on produce and meat. The genius? The retired folks who were drawn in by his dirt-cheap prices on bananas (a good source of potassium) couldn't possibly buy and eat enough of them in a week to gain any advantage on him. Bananas ripen fast and they spoil, so that his customers who wanted those dirt-cheap prices couldn't stock up, and they came back every week, and maybe treated themselves to a little packet of flounder, or a few blade steaks, and bought some Campbell's soups, ketchup, mustard, flour, etc. Smart guy, and a very nice man. People will pay a little extra for things when they are dealing with neighbors who understand them and give them a little deal from time to time.

    When my wife and I were first living together, she was unemployed and I was taking every hour of overtime I could get. The owner of the nearest grocery store was a sargeant-major in the local National Guard unit and he was also the father of a young lady that was dear to me. When I showed up at the store to do some shopping, he would follow me down to the meat counter and ask if I wanted to buy some club steaks or T-bones at hamburg prices because they were getting brown and he was going to have to grind them up anyway. (WTF?) What a nice man! When his store lost power during a storm (I was a kid at the time), he moved a lot of frozen/refrigerated goods out to my future father-in-law's farm so that he could preserve his stock. Up here, we take care of each other. I can't leave Maine.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2007
  9. Astronuc

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    A friend sent this to me. :rofl:

    as opposed to the medical use meaning "softening of the organ or tissue".

    In my case, it's not abnormal. :biggrin:

    I got the impression that Maine folks are generally genuinely nice. The motorists actually stop for pedestrians - even if there is no crosswalk! :bugeye:

    I wouldn't want to leave either. :approve:

    I noticed that there is plenty of extra room up that way. :biggrin:
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2007
  10. turbo

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    I've got an uninhabited township all picked out for you - as long as I can come up and fly-fish the ponds there.

    Get out your DeLorme Atlas and look for T2 R7 BKP WKR in the center of map 40. Also known as Misery Township. Got some of the best brook trout fishing in the country - fly-fishing only with strict limits.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2007
  11. turbo

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    What a busy (food-processing) time of year! Sunday afternoon, we made a fair-sized batch of hot pepper relish - the best batch yet this year. Yesterday, my wife and I made spaghetti sauce from fresh garden tomatoes and canned a large batch of tomato-based salsa with habanero, jalapeno, and lipstick chilis - very hot and tasty. We put the left-over juice and solids from Sunday's chili relish in the salsa before we simmered it down. We also relented and put up another large batch of dill pickles yesterday, even though our cupboards are mostly full. We harvested about half of our herbs and froze dill, basil, cilantro, parsley and chives in small batches so they can be easily added to soups and sauces this winter. Last but not least, we scalded and peeled a few gallons of green tomatoes which I am simmering down today so that we can turn them into green tomato salsa and can that tonight. The house smells great. :tongue2::biggrin:
  12. turbo

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    Ack! Summer squash? They are the vermin of the garden, and have to be served up with at least garlic, onion, hot peppers, tomato, etc to hide the fact that they taste like boiled cardboard. I grew some zucchinis last year. Had about 12 plants and our freezers still have bags of the frozen cubed stuff. There's a retired lady down the road that likes to make zucchini bread and I loaded her with them until she cried "uncle!". She can have her husband raise a few plants if she runs out - no more space-wasters like that in my garden.

    We have a 35 foot row of buttercup squash trained to climb a 4' plastic fence I erected, and the plants are loaded with squash. In our cool cellar, they will last well into February.

    My wife and I just put 7 jars of green tomato salsa into the canner to process. This is by far the best salsa we've ever made, and we have plans to keep using green tomatoes to make more. 7 jars sure won't last long, the way this stuff tastes. I boiled down a big pot of green tomatoes today and reduced the volume to about 1/3 the original. Chopped and added a huge white onion and a large bulb of Russian garlic from the neighbor's crop, and bell, jalapeno, habanero and lipstick chili peppers from our garden, with some vinegar for acidity. My new Sabatier 6" chef's knife arrived today (I couldn't help replacing my long-lost former knife) and in addition to the salsa, I used it to remove insect-damaged kernels from a peck of sweet corn and to slice off the kernels for freezing after we boiled them. It is so nice to see the freezers and cupboards getting refilled for the next year. We made insufficient green tomato salsa last year and just about ran out, so we're going to make enough to last the whole year and then another batch or two for insurance.:tongue2:
  13. Astronuc

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    Meanwhile, I've been enjoying Turbo's Green Sweet Jalapeno Jelly and a Turbo's Green Hot Pepper Relish - :tongue2: Deeeeelicious!

    Can't wait for Turbo's Habanero Pepper Sauce or Turbo's Red Hot Pepper Relish.

    I need to send a sample of my Thai Hot and others.
  14. turbo

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    Enjoy! We've had to settle for store-bought habanero peppers so far, since ours got a late start and haven't started to ripen yet. I've been using green ones from the garden to season tomato salsas, but we don't have a big enough crop (yet) to make pepper relish with.
  15. Astronuc

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    Your habaneros are doing better than mine. I think a deer or rabbit got to them. It was probably a deer since the tops were nibble down. I've picked one ripe habanero pepper so far this season, and there is one more still on another of the 4 plants. :frown: It was not a good year for gardening. The rainfall was sporadic - usually dry for 3-4 weeks and then a deluge.

    This morning I saw a raccoon trying to get into the pepper patch. He took off before I could get a picture.
  16. turbo

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    My father stopped in for a visit this morning while I was boiling down the green tomatoes for salsa. He mentioned that his friend's son (who is confined to a wheelchair) likes very hot food, so I gave him a jar of habanero relish to take to him. His friend has been very generous with vegetables from his garden, and we've gotten sweet corn from him, since we don't bother growing it ourselves. The tomatoes are close to the right consistency, so I'll start chopping peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro for the salsa. Often these salsas are a collaborative effort, but due to the timing, this one's all mine from start to finish.

    Edit: Real-estate agents often encourage people to bake an apple pie or some other sweet prior to a showing to make the house smell "homey". I just came in from checking the mail, and Mmmmmm! Nothing smells as good to me as a big batch of salsa simmering on the stove. I'm bringing a canner full of water to a boil to sterilize the jars and lids (See, Evo! I'm no fool!) and will start canning as soon as that is finished.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2007
  17. turbo

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    I got 8 more pints of green tomato salsa canned this afternoon. Could have been more, but I simmered and reduced pretty aggressively to make the stuff nice and thick. My wife got to contribute one thing to the product - I hadn't added the salt by the time she got home, so she did that and I processed the salsa while she weeded the garden and picked some cucumbers and tomatoes. She's been reducing salt due to her high BP and I wasn't sure how much to cut back. Mmm! We've got to make up at least another couple of batches to make sure we've got enough for next year. Great stuff!
  18. Turbo homemade salsa is the absolute best! My mom is busy making her salsa now to and I cannot wait to be on the receiving end of a few jars. Store bought salsa just doesn't even compare. I must say though I have never had green tomato salsa but it sounds good!
  19. turbo

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    Ask her to make up a batch with green tomatoes. It compares very favorably to salsa made with tomatillos, and it is abolutely KILLER on cheeseburgers, quesadillas, omelets, etc.

    The (not so) SECRET recipe:
    Start with about 20-30 large green tomatoes, scald and peel them (as best you can - green tomatoes are very reluctant to let go of their skin). Cut them up, add a couple of cups of cider vinegar, and simmer them down for hours in a big pan, until they are reduced by at least 1/2 in volume. When the tomatoes are nice and thick, chop and add two large white onions, two bulbs of fresh garlic (probably 10-12 cloves, depending on the type), two large bell peppers, several jalapenos, several habaneros, and several of whatever other chilis you can get your hands on, along with a few tablespoons of salt. I take most of the seeds out of the bell peppers, but remove only the stems from the chilis - the seeds and placenta of the chilis MUST be in the salsa or it will be wimpy. Simmer until the onions and peppers are cooked, then add chopped fresh cilantro (last ingredient), spoon into sterilized jars, and process in a boiling-water bath for 20 minutes. If the salsa tastes too hot when you sample it with a spoon, it's probably just about right. Remember that you'll be eating it with other foods and that will cut the perceived hotness quite a bit.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007
  20. Astronuc

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    When I was in SD, I tasted some varieties of S`Chüg made by Sabra

    Here is a recipe for S`Chug Yemenite Spice, which seems similar to recipes turbo uses.

    8 chilies (jalapeño, cayenne, thai, habanero)
    2 garlic cloves
    1 bn cilantro (fresh)
    1 tb pepper
    1 ts cumin; ground
    1/2 ts cardamom powder
    3 cloves; ground
    2 ts salt


    Roast spices in dry pan, ground them and then add to all other ingredients in a mixer.

    One might need to add a little water. The spice mixture should be moist, but not fluid, i.e. like a spread.

    Keeps well in sealed jar for weeks in the refrigerator.

    On Wikipedia it has a different spelling - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skhug

    Might as well add - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_sauce

    For reference - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2007
  21. turbo

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    I raided our garden today to take fresh carrots, beets, cucumbers, peppers, and cherry and beefsteak tomatoes to my dad. In return, he gave me a box of sauce tomatoes that he bought from a greenhouse that had mis-labeled their plants. When I got home, my wife was in the process of scalding and peeling tomatoes, so those joined the process, and tomorrow I will simmer them down and build another batch of hot tomato salsa (red tomatoes, this time).
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