homemade essentials: spicy sweet chili sauce

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

If you know me, you understand that I like to make my own condiments, sauces, and spice mixes. In doing so, I get exactly what I want, without all the added chemicals. I worked on this last night and into the wee hours of the morning. If I could give you an idea of what it tastes like, I would say that it is a cross between a Thai chili sauce, and Heinz chili sauce. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 5 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For homemade essentials: spicy sweet chili sauce

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • THE SAUCE
  • 1 c
    water, filtered variety
  • 1 c
    rice vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    coconut sugar
  • 3 clove
    baked garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 2 tsp
    sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp
    ketchup
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • OPTIONAL THICKENER (SLURRY)
  • 1 Tbsp
    cornstarch, or arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    water, filtered variety

How To Make homemade essentials: spicy sweet chili sauce

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    Storage Of Homemade Condiments, Spices, and Sauces Because homemade spices and condiments do not contain any preservatives, it is important to store them properly. Non-reactive (glass) containers with tight-fitting lids are a must. If I am making a dry spice, I love to use old spice bottles that I have run through the dishwasher. If I am doing homemade sauces, I love using Weck jars. They are all glass, come in all sizes and shapes, and have excellent leakproof lids. If you shop online, you can go to Amazon, and type in “Weck Jars” and you will find a ton of them. Dry spices should be kept in a cool space, away from sunlight (spice cabinet), and sauces, in most cases, should be stored in the fridge. If properly stored, this chili sauce should last 4 – 6 weeks in the fridge.
  • 3
    Baked Garlic I love what baking does to garlic… it mellows the flavor and creates an awesome ingredient that enhances so many diverse dishes. I use it so much in catering that I usually bake 15 or more bulbs of garlic at a time, and then save them for when needed. Here is the recipe that I use… it is easy/peasy: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/seasoning-mix/cooking-essentials-baked-garlic.html?r=4 If you do not wish to use baked garlic you can use raw; however, it is stronger, so for this recipe reduce the cloves from three to two, and grate or mince them into the sauce.
  • 4
    Homemade Ketchup Okay, this may seem like a lot of time to spend on making ketchup; however, the time spent is well worth the flavor you get on the other side. Plus, since you’re making it from scratch, you can vary the ingredients to suit the occasion. https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/other-sauce-spread/versatile-homemade-ketchup.html?r=3
  • 5
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 6
    THE SAUCE
  • 7
    Add the vinegar and water to a saucepan over medium heat and bring up to a simmer. Add the remainder of the ingredients and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • 8
    OPTIONAL THICKENER (SLURRY)
  • 9
    If you want the sauce a bit thicker, mix the arrowroot, or cornstarch together with the water, add to the sauce, then allow to simmer an additional 5 minutes, as the sauce thickens.
  • 10
    Allow to cool, then store in a non-reactive container in the fridge.
  • 11
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • So Yummy
    12
    Use in any recipe that requires a sweet/spicy chili sauce, or just place it at the table to use as a condiment. Enjoy.
  • Stud Muffin
    13
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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