What do you do with a bunch of cucumbers, dill and spices. Well pickle the crap out of them of course. We go though a lot of gherkins here and DIY is certainly a lot cheaper than buying in the shops each week.


Rob’s Hot Sauce Recipe

Rob’s Hot Sauce Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1Kg chilli’s
  • 3 red onions
  • 2 bulbs of garlic
  • a knob of ginger
  • 2 cans of tomatos
  • 5 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of vinegar

These measures are only as a guide, i do it all to taste and sometimes you need more salt, sugar or vinegar.

The Process:

Roughly chop everything and add to a pot with sugar and salt.

Add water to just cover everything and then bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for an hour or there abouts.

Blend the crap out of it in small batched and add in the tomatoes.

After blending pass through a strainer to remove any skins, seeds and other things that have died from chemical burns, add back to the pot, bring to boil and add in the vinegar until you get the sauce consistency you like and simmer till the tomatos are cooked. 30 mins or so. I like my sauce to be about the same as ketchup.

Bottle into clean and sterile jars while HOT. Its a good idea to use a funnel and asbestos hands aka gloves as its close to 100deg C still. Let cool and enjoy the crap out of it. Should keep for just about forever, but if it lasts much more than a couple of months you are just not trying hard enough.


Chilli Sauce


I have been making a few chilli sauces of late and I hit on one that really tastes great. I used red jalapanos and some i don’t know what they are called but i call them Oh Fuck Thats Hot. The basic recipe is as follows.

300g of red chilli’s
1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup vinegar

tbs salt

tsp pepper

1 can roma tomatoes, fresh if you got them.

Chuck it all in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for some time, 30mins should do, then let cool, throw in a blender and give it a good wizzing up, then pass through a sieve and bottle. Thin down to the consistency you like with vinegar and bottle. Made about 1/2 a litre. Now i just have to wait till my chilli plants produce some more fruit so i can make some more.