Do you know how to use hot sauce? You might scoff at such a question and picture yourself shaking a familiar bottle of fiery red sauce over your plate of morning eggs and potatoes, a bowl of mac and cheese, or on top of your favorite Mexican or Thai dishes. And while that is an accurate way to see yourself using hot sauce, did you know there are many better ways it can be done?
In this hot sauce 101 tutorial, we are going to look at how to use hot sauce in terms of “how much” and even some troubleshooting techniques for when you’ve used a bit too much. You don’t even have to go overboard with hot sauce to find yourself dealing with foods a bit too spicy, and so we are also going to look at ways to tone down hot sauce’s wonderful heat.
First Steps: How to Use Hot Sauce
Note that the statement above is “how” and not “if” or “when” to use it. The experts agree that the main ingredient in all premium and gourmet hot sauces – hot peppers – are so packed with health benefits that everyone should find ways how to use hot sauce in their daily diet.
It all starts with something known as capsaicin, which gives all hot peppers their heat. This compound is amazing as a natural pain reliever, immune booster, disease fighter and more. So, when looking for ways how to use hot sauce, you also need to see it as a daily activity, too.
Hot sauces, the premium kinds made of natural ingredients and without added sugars, MSG or artificial agents, are acidic and pair well with many different foods. Though you might not picture it as part of your breakfast, past the dash or two on your eggs, think again.
It works well with all of those blander base foods so common to breakfast; grits, potatoes and plain oatmeal are some foods that get a boost of added appeal with a gourmet hot sauce. Midday meals like sandwiches, soups, salads and even some fruit salads get a boost from hot sauce (think of mango or pineapple hot sauce as the ultimate “dressing” for a tropical fruit, cucumber, and peppery green salad). Dinner time is also improved with gourmet hot sauce as it can be used to marinate meats and seafood, spice up rice or pasta, jazz up even the blandest veggies, and more.
So, you know how to use hot sauce at every meal, but what if you accidentally go overboard? For example, the premium brand of hot sauce known as Gemma’s is made with pure and natural ingredients. It has no fillers or other artificial agents, and the makers even advise you to use it sparingly as it is potent and flavor-dense. What to do if you accidentally spoon a bit too much into the dressing or dish you intend to eat?
Hot Sauce Repairs
Most food experts advise that you take the following steps:
- Think about additional ingredients – Can you add more of the original ingredients to dilute the sauce? For instance, you could add more sweet bell peppers to a spicy peanut noodle dish or some additional broth to a soup.
- Add dairy – If the dish didn’t use dairy and is now a bit too spicy, you can actually reduce the power of the fire by tempering it with a complementary dairy food. Cheese on chili, sour cream atop rice or soup, yogurt, and other soothing dairies might be an answer.
- Add sugar – Honey, sugar, natural sweeteners and even foods like tomatoes can all cool down the flaming heat of a bit too much hot sauce.
- Add more acid – Though this seems counterintuitive, it works. Lime juice, tomatoes, or a dash or two of vinegar may temper the heat of a bit too much hot sauce.
- Try nut butters – If all else fails, consider a dollop or two of nut butter – i.e. peanut, almond, or cashew. They are base and fatty – which work together to temper and dilute the oil.
There is such thing as too much of a good thing, and we hope this brief tutorial has encouraged you to try more hot sauce and know what to do if you go a bit overboard.