Ged Fowler, owner, grower, sauce maker and purveyer of pure pain at The Chilli Pepper Company  has been in touch with Chilefoundry for us to tell you about two Christmas specials he has available for a limited time.

Firstly we have the following new product which is very limited edition;

Triple XXL is an EXTREME special Limited Edition Hot Chilli Powder

Very hot chilli pepper powder blended from some of the hottest and rarest dried pods known to man. This special blend contains ONLY – 7pot, 7pot Barrackpore, 7pot Primo, Bhut Jolokia, Big Bang Chocolate Naga, Black Naga, Chocolate Bhut Jolokia, Orange Bhut Jolokia, Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, Trinidad Douglah, Trinidad Moruga Blend and Brain Strain. We use a special drying process to maintain full taste.

8g of ultimate Pain £3.00

It is available from The Chilli Pepper Company website now

We at Chilefoundry haven’t tasted it, but if it is anything like a lot of Ged’s other products then it will certainly pack a punch!

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And next we have an old favourite of ours;

16 million SHU Capsaicin Crystal in a 0.4g vial.

As a special offer Ged is selling this tube of evil crystal on a multi-buy offer.

Available for £12.00 but for a limited period, Buy 3 and get one free

Ged has sold this for quite a while, and it is still legal to buy and sell it in the UK. This is sold purely as a collectors item, 0.4g of pure Capsaicin. It is only soluble in alcohol, and there are plenty of warnings on the website warning of consuming this stuff. But no one in their right mind would drink vodka with this stuff in it, would they? surely not….hang on there is someone….take a look at one of our favourite Chilefoundry videos with Darth Naga….

This stuff will be banned at some point so another ideal stocking filler for that special Chilli Head.

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When it comes to producing authentic chilli based products, there are few people doing it better than Mr Vikki’s  aka Adam Marks. He makes all sorts of Indian and Thai fusion products, and here we have an authentic Thai sweet chilli sauce. There are plenty of sweet chilli sauces available including the mass produced stuff you will find on the supermarket shelves, and unlike those particular products you won’t find any artificial additives in Mr Vikki’s sauces.

They don’t need additives as the majority of his sauces and other products only comprise a handful of ingredients and this “RSJ” is no different. The sauce is a deep red, and not because of the usual tomato base associated with Chilli Sauces. Here we have 50% Red Jalapenos as the primary ingredient and there are quite a few of the seeds visible, something in common with the supermarket sweet chilli sauces.

Opening the bottle you can smell the sweetness, and the very aromatic aroma of the spices which are not specified on the label and the garlic, it gets the tastebuds watering! I wish I had some prawn crackers handy to dip but i dont so a spoon will have to do.

The sauce has a consistancy of runny jam, and slightly thicker than others of this type but that’s no bad thing as it helps to stop the enevitable spillage down the white shirt! I can detect a lot going on with the flavour, and although it doesn’t mention it, Im sure I can taste Lemon Grass in there somewhere. Im also pleasantly surprised by the heat level, with 50% red jalapenos I was expecting something too fiery but the heat level is just right.

Ingredients :

Red Jalapenos 50%, Sugar, Garlic, Salt, Spices, Lemon

Bottle kindly supplied by Mr Vikki’s

The heat and flavour from this sauce hangs around for quite a while, and leaves me craving some thai fish cakes or red thai curry. A 140ml bottle is available from the website priced at £4 so go grab a bottle!

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

 

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Matt Simpson of Simpson’s Seeds is growing in reputation as a sauce maker in his own right. Primarily selling Chilli and Tomato seeds, Matt started to branch out into sauces and now has many different recipes under his belt. Some are very limited runs, and some are available for longer depending on sales. Also it seems that at every event/festival that Matt attends, he has at least one new sauce produced for the event. For example the “Jubilee Rocker” to celebrate the Queeens Diamond Jubilee or the “Upton Devil” sold at this years Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival.

Most sauce makers you speak to will mention the flavour/heat balance but Matt tends to concentrate on flavour first, heat second in the majority of his sauces. That’s not to say that his sauces do not contain heat, because they do, you only have to look to his “7 Potty” sauce to see that ( a review coming shortly)

Here we have “Lemon Curse”, a sauce made with Lemon drop chillies, or Aji Lemon as they are otherwise known. This particular chilli has citrusy notes to it, hence the name and it happpens to be the same colour as a lemon!

The Simpson’s Seeds Sauces labels all look very similar and simple, there’s no glossy shiny stickers here to take the attention away from the sauce. I like the simplicity, plain white with black type. They add a quirky side to the sauce and anyone that knows Matt will testify to his quirkiness!

Ingredients :

Cider Wine Vinegar, Fruit Juice, Onion, Sugar, Grapefruit, Honey, Lemon Drop Chillies 20%, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Salt

Bottle kindly supplied by Simpson’s Seeds.

Looking through the glass bottle, the sauce is an olive colour with seeds and black flecks clearly visible. I open the bottle and take a good sniff, I am greeted by a sweet fruity aroma, mainly due to the sugar, honey and grapefruit contained in the sauce. The liquid pours nicely into my hand and on to my tongue. I can taste the grapefruit but it does not overpower, and I get the sourness of the lemon juice and a nice warmth of the Lemon Drop chillies. It’s a nice warming heat and again does not overpower the other flavours.

The main other ingredient I can easily taste is the black pepper, I saw it in the sauce and on the ingredients list and was a little concerned about how it would work with the fruity flavours but it does work really well and adds another depth to the sauce. They say that Strawberries and black pepper are a great combination so I shouldn’t be surprised.

This is a very pleasant sweet sauce, but with savoury tones. I can see this working well as a marinade for Chicken.

The sauce is made in small batches, and as with a lot of Matt’s other sauces is subject to availability. If you can get hold of a bottle then I would say go for it!

Please check Simpson’s Seeds website  for availability, all Matt’s sauces are £4 or 3 for £10

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

 

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The Papaya or “Paw Paw” is a large fruit which is popular in Caribbean and Southeast Asian cuisine. The flesh of the papaya is often used in curries, stews and salsas, whilst the flowers and leaves from the plant can be used in salads and stir-fries. The seeds are edible too and their piquancy makes them an interesting alternative to black peppercorns.

The Smokey Joe Sauce Company is a family run business based near Exeter in Devon. Since their inception in August 2009 they have developed a range of 5 products which each capture the authentic flavour of a different Caribbean island. Paw Paw Pepper Sauce is their latest creation and strives to capture the taste of Grenada.

The sauce is supplied in a fairly typical 140g bottle, but really stands out from the other products in my cupboard. The blue labelling and modest design complement the vibrant, orange-coloured sauce really well. Upon closer examination of the label, I notice that there is no heat rating. Whilst this is a minor omission, I do find ratings helpful when comparing a manufacturer’s product range.

Ingredients: 

Papaya (55%), Spirit Vinegar, Onion, Scotch Bonnet Chillies (3%), Sugar, Ginger, Salt, Garlic, Pepper and Nutmeg.

Bottle kindly provided by The Smokey Joe Sauce Company.

After removing the cap from the bottle, I take a moment to ponder the aroma. Initially the smell reminds me of pickled onions, but it is more complex than that. The tang of the spirit vinegar subsides after a couple of seconds and the ginger and nutmeg become more apparent. Nutmeg is one of Grenada’s largest exports and features on the country’s national flag, so its inclusion in this sauce is befitting.

The sauce has a nice consistency and pours easily from the bottle. The initial taste is reminiscent of its aroma – tangy at first with the spices becoming more prominent a moment or two later. There is some fruitiness too, but not as much as I was anticipating given the high percentage of papaya.

The heat is quite difficult to judge as the vinegar and spices seem to amplify the warmth of the scotch bonnets. I found the sauce to be pleasantly warm and its heat was on a par with other West Indian hot sauces that I have tried.

Since my initial tasting, I have reached for this sauce on numerous occasions. It can be used as a seasoning to pep up soups and stews, but works brilliantly as a condiment. My highlight so far has been slathering it over fish and chips.

A bottle of Paw Paw Pepper Sauce costs £3.50 which is the same price as a large papaya from my local supermarket. You can purchase a bottle via the Smokey Joe Sauce Company website or from one of their many stockists.

If you’re on the lookout for an exciting Christmas gift, be sure to check out the Smokey Joe Gift Bag which contains their entire range of products.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

 

 

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