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First batch

Dehydrated chilis. I put ’em in oil and vinegar dressing all year. Gosh, it takes a lot of time to hot all the water out of them.

Did you know that Tabasco (and Sriracha) are both made from fermented chilis? I didn’t. Coincidentally, I learned that by reading the label of a bottle of sauce on the table in the biker cafe where we had lunch today.

Looked it up when I got home. Tabasco in particular, they chop up the chilis, put them in ex-bourbon barrels, seal them with a layer of salt and leave it for up to three years(!) before adding vinegar and bottling.

I mean, I like Tabasco, but I never thought it tasted all that ‘rich and complex’.

Recipes at that first link, Tabasco deets here. Their own site is kind of boring.


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: October 25, 2023, 7:29 pm

Crystal hot sauce or Louisiana hot sauce are each significantly better than any Tabasco product.

Comment from OldFert
Time: October 25, 2023, 7:32 pm

McIlhenny published a c-ration cookbook back during Vietnam days:
and also published an MRE cookbook after those came out, but I can’t find a good link.
The charlie ration cookbook was illustrated by the guy who drew Sad Sack, the MRE by Mort Walker of Beetle Baily fame.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 25, 2023, 7:39 pm

I always found it interesting the Avery island sits on a salt dome.

In case you’ve never seen this one…Here’s a reason not to explore for oil there.

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: October 25, 2023, 7:48 pm

Speaker Mike Johnson…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 25, 2023, 8:22 pm

I never heard of him before, but he sounds like he might be okay. He’s a Trump guy, so I wonder how he got through.

Makes me think people had personal beefs with Jordan.

Comment from John Bowen
Time: October 25, 2023, 10:10 pm

Get yourself a bottle of Shark Sriracha. Tabasco will look one note and plain forever and ever and ever after.

The only thing worth buying from Tabasco is Chipotle, and Cholula does that nearly as well. Secret Aardvark does it better, by a wide margin, if you don’t mind the extra heat.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 25, 2023, 11:11 pm

@sweasel — I’m of the (informed) opinion that it wasn’t that anyone had a personal beef with Jordan, but that Kevin McCarthy was so enraged by being dumped that he was working in berserker mode behind the scenes trying to get “his” job back. A major part of that effort was to scuttle/sabotage every other candidate for Speaker. Jordan was and still is extraordinarily popular even among his House colleagues, but McCarthy had made very large promises to a bunch of for-sale RINOs and so the voted against him. Then, after his efforts became better known, his position became untenable and the votes he bought evaporated.

This morning, Matt Gaetz related some of yesterday’s events after Emmer was nominated and four hours later withdrew. If it wasn’t already painfully clear that McCarthy is a piece of excrement, this pretty much nails the lid down on any doubt. Here’s a link via The Conservative Treehouse with his story. Well worth the 13½ minutes.

EDIT: Dang. Forgot again. Above is from Uncle Al.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 25, 2023, 11:16 pm

Tabasco sauces are a fall-back position. Not bad, not bad at all, but not my first choice. I agree with @Mark that Crystal is better and easily obtained. For Mexican / TexMex sauce, I wholeheartedly agree with John B. that Cholula is great. It is worth the higher price.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 25, 2023, 11:36 pm

Yeah, sure, all the wannabe Tabasco sauces….sheesh.
That’s the taste my face is looking for on my burgers or my eggs. Okay Cholula works if that’s what they bring.

@Uncle Al, yeah heard McCarthy was playing some behind the scenes anonymous polling game which fell over when they made them vote on the record. Pity it wasn’t Jordan, he’s been a thorn in the grubby paws of the three letter Alphabet Mafioso bosses.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 26, 2023, 11:48 am

When I was young, every dining table in Texas—even the school cafeterias!—had a bottle of hot sauce on it, the kind with small slender hot peppers covered in vinegar, in a clear glass bottle. I don’t think it was one particular brand though. There were probably dozens of brands.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: October 26, 2023, 12:24 pm

Alabama (moi) votes for Louisiana Hot Sauce, with Crystal a distant second.

Comment from mostly cajun
Time: October 27, 2023, 12:26 pm


Hot pepper vinegar was one every table when I was a kid.

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