Homemade fermented Fresno pepper hot sauce that yields a spicy, flavorful hot sauce that’s not only delicious but full of gut-healthy probiotics!
Summer is here and that means a bounty of beautiful peppers at the farmers market. Or, if you garden, it might mean lots of bright peppers ripening up in your backyard.
This is the best time of the year because there are so many fruits and veggies in season – tomatoes, to cucumbers, corn and even peppers..
So many peppers!
This is especially true if you are growing peppers in your backyard garden and looking for a new way to use them up. Peppers are one of my favorite plants to grow and there are so many varieties.
This time of the year, I always go a little overboard trying to grow as many pepper varieties as I can. Then I struggle trying to use up the bounty and find myself making things that I can gift to friends and family. There’s only so many peppers one can take before they get all peppered out..
Fermented Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce
Anyone can make this hot sauce. It’s so easy to make, and it tastes delicious on everything. I find my oldest daughter dumps this on everything — because in her world, regular food is too “boring” without hot sauce. And if I don’t have this in the fridge, then I need to have Tabasco. And if I don’t have that… well, then I’m in big trouble.
One of the most important steps in making this hot sauce is allowing it to ferment. This process will help develop the flavors and also gives it a healthy boost of probiotics for your gut.
Start by adding the peppers, salt and water to the food processor – pulse until it’s a thick salsa. Transfer to a clean jar and cover with a cheesecloth or a piece of cotton fabric. Allow it to sit, undisturbed, for 24-48 hours.
Then stir in the apple cider vinegar and allow it to ferment for 7-21 days, still covered with cheesecloth or a piece of cotton fabric.
(Feel free to go longer if you’d like – I have gone up to 3 weeks with mine.)
After that time, you should see the bubbles (ferment activity) start to slow down considerably. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Push the blended chile through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer (make sure you wear gloves!) to remove the seeds and remaining pulp.
Transfer to a glass jar, swing top bottle or these hot sauce bottles if you are giving as gifts.
Fermented Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce
- 1.5 lbs Fresno peppers stems removed
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1.5 Tbsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 C water
- 1/2 C apple cider vinegar with the mother
- Combine the chile peppers, garlic cloves, salt and water in the food processor. Process until you reach the texture of chunky salsa.
- Transfer to a clean glass jar. Cover with a canning lid & ring, or a ferment lid, or a cheesecloth with a rubberband. Leave on the counter at room temperature for 48 hours.
- Add the apple cider vinegar & stir to combine. Leave on the counter, covered with cheesecloth for 7-21 days.
- After that time, transfer to the blender & puree until smooth. Pour through a cheesecloth and strain to separate the seeds. Push the liquid out into a clean bowl.
- Pour the liquid into a swing top bottle or clean glass jar & refrigerate. It'll last for several months.
- Separation of the sauce will happen - it's normal. Just give it a good shake before you use it.
The flavor of this homemade fermented hot sauce is so fresh and vibrant. The biggest challenge in making this hot sauce comes from the waiting period. For a mere 10 minutes of total hands-on time, you can have a lovely hot sauce that will last you several months..
If it doesn’t last that long, don’t panic! Grab some more chiles and make some more.
There are so many different kinds of chiles that you can use – for something hotter, use Scotch Bonnet peppers. If you can’t find Fresno peppers in your area, then use something like serrano or jalapeño peppers.
So if you find yourself with an abundance of peppers this summer, make this hot sauce! It’s so good!