Hot peppers – whole, sliced or mashed – play an extensive part in food history, used throughout the world to season dishes, as well as, condiments accompanying flavorful entrees. Eating raw, fresh peppers was an occasional treat, at harvest-time, with the majority of the crop preserved using dehydration, dry-salting or fermenting.
One of our favorite local Vietnamese restaurants serves a bowl of fermented jalapeno rings, which we liberally add to steaming bowls of pho, a bone-broth soup.
Lacto-fermenting peppers converts the raw, often-bitter and intense heat sensation to a more complex, “softer” or mellow taste that isn’t as shocking to the tastebuds, but instead, alluring.
A complex pepper mash, which can be eaten as-is, or used to bottle your own pepper sauce, deserves to be taste-profiled like a fine, aged-wine. Its “heat”, much like the grape’s essence, isn’t diminished but, instead, transformed in new flavor complexities, unlocked during fermentation. (Yokotsuka et. al 1994)
Pickl-It fermented peppers are convenient to have on-hand for creating a wide-variety of dishes including, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Vietnamese and Ethiopian foods. Even if the use of pepper mash, sauce or slices and rings aren’t traditional, start your own traditions! You can even start your own pepper-tradition. A dollop of jalapeno pepper mash, topping off American-style biscuits and sausage gravy, or adding pickled pepper rings to our pizza (after it has been baked), have become our family favorites.
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Did you know...
N.Y. Mets rookie pitcher Nolan Ryan uses pickle brine to toughen a tender middle finger on his pitching hand; his fast ball is described as faster than Bob Feller’s; predicted to be the next Sandy Koufax
—1968 Life Magazine
You know you talk about fermenting too much when…
Your three-year-old is observed pushing his bath toys under the water while saying, “You must go under the brine to ferment. Then I will have sauerkraut toys.”
—- Holly G., Ohio