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Member Made Demo: How to Make Hot Sauce!
By Urban Greens Food Co-op Member Phil Trevvett
How to Make Hot Sauce!
Making tabasco-style hot sauce is a simple but slow process. There are only a few main steps, and a lot of waiting. But the end result is worth it! Once you get familiar with the process, the most important things to remember are to be patient, and to be careful handling the chillies!
We’ll break down the process into the three main activities:
1) Creating the pepper & brine ‘mash’ that will be aged
2) Blending the mash and straining our skin and seeds
3) Finishing for taste.
Creating the Mash
--This is the initial preparation of the chili peppers for fermentation
1) Wash the peppers: for any process of aging/fermenting food, make sure you’re dealing with clean ingredients.
2) PUT ON RUBBER GLOVES! - These chili peppers are hot, so make sure you’re wearing gloves while working with them.
3) Cut stems off peppers, and cut peppers into quarters and place in mixing bowl. (You can cut them into smaller pieces if preferred).
4) Add salt, at an approximate ratio of ½ cup of salt to ½ gallon of peppers (OR: 4 Tablespoons to 1 Quart, or 2 Tablespoons to 1 Pint).
REMEMBER: peppers look bigger before they’re pressed down, so a half gallon may look like much more than a half gallon.
5) Using a spoon, or a glove-covered hand, mix the peppers and salt until peppers all seem moist and coated with salt.
6) Transfer peppers to fermenting container. Compress Mash as much as possible, and add additional brine water to make sure peppers are submerged.
From the Mash to the Pepper Juice.
8) Empty the pepper mash into a blender. Blend it! It should begin to look a lot like a smoothie.
9) Strain the blended mash, either through a strainer or using a food mill. this should remove any bits of skin and seed that remain.
Finishing to Taste!
--This process depends on personal taste, but also involves some basic steps that are key for preserving your product.Read More
July Member Made Demo:
How to Make Hot Sauce!
I was only recently turned onto Fiddlehead Ferns but now that I have there is no going back. Their season is very short however so you have to grab the ferns by the frond now! Fiddlehead Ferns are the baby leaves of the fern plant – if left alone they become the frond of a fern. Fiddleheads have antioxidant activity, are a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and are high in iron and fibre.
You do need to make sure that you blanch your Fiddleheads before you cook them. Undercooked Fiddleheads can make you slightly sick and can be slightly woody. Cook correctly, however, they are fabulous to both eat and look at!
Your Chef, Lara
Wild Fiddlehead Fern and Muchroom Saute
o 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil
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Support the Local Food Economy by eating Local Food.
Urban Greens Food Co-op and RI Girls' Pint Out are excited to announce a special tour and tasting of Foolproof Brewery. Urban Greens and RI Girls' Pint Out are partnering for this special tour of Foolproof Brewery to highlight their support and appreciation of Rhode Island’s robust local food economy and burgeoning craft brewery scene.
Guest will be treated to an insider tour of the Foolproof’s brewery and tasting of their signature beers: Barstool, Raincloud, Backyahd, La Ferme Urbaine (LFU)", and King of the Yahd. Guest will also get a Foolproof pint glass to bring home. Chef Dawn Brooks-Rapp of the Acacia Cafe will create a special menu of local, natural, and organic foods for LOCAL GREEN: Meet & Greet to pair with Foolproof’s brews.
Foolproof’s beers are designed with a particular experience or activity in mind, including “Barstool,” an American golden ale dedicated to a night out at the bar; “Raincloud,” a robust porter for rainy days; “Backyahd,” an IPA for barbecuing and other outdoor activities; "La Ferme Urbaine (LFU)" a farmhouse ale designed as a post-workday beer; and "King of the Yahd," an imperial IPA and the royal big brother of Backyahd.
Urban Greens Food Co-op and RI Girls' Pint Out Host:
Foolproof Brewery Tour and Tasting,
Featuring Food by Acacia Cafe
Saturday June 28th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
241 Grotto Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02860
Entry Fee: $15.00 for the tour and tasting.
(Includes a Foolproof Brewery pint glass)
Food will be available at additional cost.
Open to all over 21 years of age.
The concept of LOCAL GREEN: Meet & Greet is simple Urban Greens Members and fans support a local business at a pre-determined time and date. Members get to meet each other and support the local economy. It is a win-win!
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(on local products)
MEET NEW PEOPLE