I made some hot sauce this evening (like Texas Pete, thin vinegar based). Hot sauce is very popular in the South, especially for greens, black eyed peas, and even catfish. It is also often used in dashes for cooking many different dishes.
Army MREs (Meals Ready to Eat or, if you prefer, Meals Rejected by Ethiopia) all have a tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce to enhance what may otherwise be pretty disgusting food. Although, I must say, you won’t go hungry with MREs, there is always the crackers and peanut butter or processed cheese to fill you up. If you ever get Jambalaya, run, don’t walk, away from it.
And MREs are better than C-rations, the combat rations provided when I first joined the Army (spaghetti and meatballs was my favorite, the omelet was the worst). What I do miss is the tiny 5-pack of cigarettes you get with every C-rat. Not politically correct to do that anymore, who worries about smoking when you may be dead anytime from a bullet or IED. Not me.
But I totally digress. I make a very simple and easy hot sauce. This time, I had home grown jalepeno and Chile de Arbol chiles. I seeded them and minced them, along with mincing a few cloves of garlic. Put in a mason jar and fill up the jar with vinegar. I’ll let it sit for a few weeks and will have a rocking hot sauce.