September 2014

PLAYBOY magazine and web site have been know for its fine articles, what other excuse would you need to possibly read it, well for me I have found one, they have ranked Hot Sauces.

PlayBoy Top 20 Chilli Sauces

Hot Sauce rankings are a personal thing, but it is always interesting to look at what other reviewers have found and this list brings a few new ones to me. The list is as you would expect very USA centric with all but one sauce being a brand from the USA or marketed in the USA for the USA.

That exception to this is at number 2 on the list and it is local Hot Sauce Hero’s Hot-headz and it is their Serrano Red Chilli Sauce.


itsi hot-su potsu sauceitsu is a new brand to me so I could not resist buying this bottle of sauce on a recent trip to Sainsburys. It turns out that istu is a brand developed by some of the early pioneers (their words) at Pret A Manger, the have a number of itsu eat-in/takeaway shops in London and spreading. This sauce is part of their healthy, Asian inspired range.

The sauce comes in a soft plastic bottle with a screw release nozzle, similar to the now famous Sriracha sauce. At first taste it is just sweet with a mild chilli flavour, no chilli kick, but a few moment later a very pleasant blend of the chilli, ginger and garlic is spreading around my taste buds. The combination of flavour is truly sublime, I could eat this direct from the bottle with a spoon.

Ingredients: Chilli, Water, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Garlic, Ginger, Roasted Garlic, Modified Tapioca Starch, Salt, Vinegar, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate.

The ginger is not overpowering, the chilli is mild, the roasted garlic just seem to work so well, this sauce is no macho head banger, it is hard to say how much of a surprise this sauce is, I have just tried it with some prawns and I can still take the prawns, but they are enhanced by this sauce. it is not a sweet sticky dipping sauce, but for me I think it could replace them.

Value (8/10)


Tabasco Sauces & Marinades

New from Tabasco are four new sauces:-

  • Chipotle and Smokey Bourbon Sauce and Marinade
  • Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade
  • Fruity & Fiery Habanero Sauce & Marinade
  • Peppery Seep South Creole Sauce & Marinade

They have just arrived and will be reviewed as soon as we can.

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All peppers, that is chilli peppers and sweet peppers have an unripe colour that changes as the pepper ripens up to another colour. There are several unripe colours, the most common are green (dark to very pale green), yellow and purple, and ripe colours include red, yellow, orange and brown. The most common colour change, of course, is from unripe green to a ripe red. However, there are several other colour combinations.

Why is it important to know whether a pepper is ripe? Firstly, the flavour of a pepper is quite different between ripe and unripe (think of the difference between a ripe and unripe tomato) – the ripe being sweeter. Secondly, for chillies the fruit will be at their hottest when they are fully ripe.

At what stage should you eat a pepper? There are no rules, a pepper can be eaten at any stage of maturity and ripeness, it is entirely up to you.

For more information and a great selection of chilli seeds please visit Sea Spring Seeds


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