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Hot Pepper Paste made with roasted tomatoes and hot peppers is a quick, delicious and nutritious addition to any meal.
I bought a 20 box of mixed hot peppers. They were so beautiful, that without thinking, I reached in the box and started sorting them. Before too long, my hands began to warm up; that familiar hot pepper burn on my skin. Oops, I forgot...I usually try not to touch hot peppers too much.
The recipe and my technique is below.
Usually I pick my tomatoes before they are perfectly ripe and let them finish ripening in my house. I wash the tomatoes with soap and water as soon as I bring them in from the garden, to remove the green dust that the tomato plant uses as a protecter against insects, diseases, extreme heat and excessive light. I place them in a bowl that gets a good amount of sun. I do this to avoid splitting or bruising if they are perfect before I get to pick them and they fall off the plant. When they are ready one of my favorite ways to prepare them for sauce (or Hot Pepper Paste) is to roast them in the oven.
Next, I cut them in half and scoop the seeds out into a fine mesh strainer. There is no need to oil your baking pan. The tomatoes will not stick unless you accidentally burn them. Place the tomatoes into a Pyrex or ceramic baking dish, skin side up. While holding the strainer over the baking dish with the tomatoes in it, I rinse the seeds, collecting the gel that holds the seeds in place. This acts as a thickener for the sauce.
I give the rinsed seeds to my chickens. They LOVE them and squeal with delight.
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Simply wash your hands well and often when the burn from hot peppers your hands fires up. My burns weren't that bad and eased up after about one hour. I was amazed. I thought I was not going to be able to sleep that night. Instead my hands were fine. It occurred to me that it worked so well because of what the soap is made from. Capsaicin burns seem to be mitigated with coconut oil Castile soap. Whew!
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I avoid touching the hot peppers after I wash them with soap and water, using a knife and fork to scoop out the seeds. Since these peppers, from Humble HIll Farm (from our farmers Market) seems perfectly ripe I couldn't resist cutting one open before roasting it and saving the seeds.
For roasting, simply place the whole peppers in a dry baking pan. No oil is needed. The pepper I opened to harvest the seeds is carefully "closed" back up. The reason for leaving the peppers whole is to steam the pepper meat inside the very thin skin. The natural pepper oil seep out of the peppers and will make your peppers moist and juicy, giving your hot sauce maximum flavor.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the oven rack about 1/3 up from the oven floor. Place your separate pans of peppers and tomatoes on this rack. Bake for approximately 1 hour, until the pepper skins are medium brown, and the tomato skins are slightly brown. Turn the oven off and leave the pans in there for approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Slow cooling will release the skins.
After the peppers and tomatoes are cooled, remove the skins. The tomatoes I do with my hands.
I give the skins to my chickens. They prefer raw tomatoes whole and the raw skins, but there is still nutritional value in the skins for them and they still enjoy them.
I remove the pepper skins and seeds with a knife and fork, taking care not to touch the hot peppers. The oils will burn your fingers. I compost the pepper seeds and skins.
I like to add raw onion (you can also add raw garlic, or roast either or both) to my hot sauce, a little olive oil, salt and some apple cider vinegar. In this case, since I'm waiting for my vinegar to be ready from Little Tree Orchards, so I will substitute a little fresh apple sauce.
Chop up the raw onion and place all of the above ingredients, along with your roasted peppers and tomatoes, in a bowl or pot to use a stick blender with, blender, food processor, or whatever tool you use to mash food up with. Blend until it a smooth paste or sauce.
Spoon the Hot Pepper Paste into small canning jars (1/2 size jelly jars) to preserve it when you need the jolt of Hot Pepper Paste in the middle of Winter. Click here for canning tips.
Add this hot pepper paste to salsa, homemade mayonnaise, soups, use as a condiment, add to a salad dressing, and to tomato sauce. Wherever you want that extra kick, Hot Pepper Paste is my favorite choice.
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