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Creating Color in Hot Sauces

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The beautiful colors in KJ’s Hot Sauces are as pretty as a rainbow, however, they don’t just happen, it takes some science and a careful culinary palette to make them taste good AND be beautiful to the eye, so let’s talk about creating color in hot sauces shall we?

how to create beautiful color in hot sauces

For instance, if you processed some red hot pepper like a habanero, or Fresno with say, a green serrano pepper, you’d end up with good flavor, but with a bottle of something that looked a little like….well, MUD. Creating color in hot sauces should not look like mud people.

Some Examples of Creating Color in Hot Sauces

We all know we feast FIRST with our eyes right? So, at KJ’s, it took us a moment (or two) to figure out combinations of peppers that work and look pretty. For instance our Pineapple Habanero hot sauce is the prettiest darn yellow imaginable because we primarily use all yellow peppers with a touch of orange habanero and of course, yellow pineapple when we blend it.

Our Chipotle Hot Sauce is a blend of red peppers and dried chiles and spices that give it that smoky darker red color.

And our Charred Green hot sauce has that darkened verde green color that comes by blending all green peppers with blackened charred green peppers fresh off the grill, then adding and a splash of lime.

Our Mango Habanero hot sauce was the hardest. Getting that almost neon orange hue took a few times of mixing yellows and reds to get so lovely.

The End Result of Our Colors in Hot Sauce?

We love the way they look now. They’re beautiful AND packed with flavor.

Here’s to you trying them ALL with us! You can click here to shop for all our rainbow of tasty flavors!

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KJ’s Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce

KJ’s Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce is one of our favorites featuring a tropical flare. It is perfectly blended and balanced with a nice hint of sweetness from pineapple, but also a nice kick from the habanero peppers. This sauce is on our medium-hot scale and is hot enough to make you love it, but not hot enough to be intolerable to those who don’t like scorching mind-numbing heat!

Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce

As always, we add other vegetable flavors, like garlic to round out this sauce and it is delicious on seafood tacos, pizza and just about anything else you can think of to sprinkle it on! I mean, why would you use the same-old-sauces you can get at the store all of the time on all different kinds of food when you can choose to try one with a different flare, like PINEAPPLE?!

Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce

We keep one of each of our sauces in the door shelf of our refrigerator and love having a choice for whatever mood strikes us at any given meal. We find ourselves reaching for this one over and over where any pork meal is being offered. It’s really fantastic on Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple but it’s equally wonderful drizzled on pork loin or pork chops! We’ve even found it wonderful dotted over our ham and cheese omelets or even sprinkled over hollandaise sauce on eggs benedict prepared with Canadian ham or bacon!

It’s also delicious on any type of shrimp dish (try this seafood and pineapple fried rice recipe!).

Looking to try some? Let me direct you to where you can find this deliciousness!

You can find it in our shop by clicking here. Also, if you love this, try our other fruity habanero sauces you can ALSO see in the shop. All the habaneros are medium to hot heat and really have a wonderful balance to them that hits all the taste buds of sweet, hot, sour and savory!

We hope you enjoy all our sauces and give KJ’s Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce a try!

Strawberry Peach Habanero Hot Sauce Blog Posts

KJ’s Strawberry Peach Habanero Hot Sauce

We are really proud of KJ’s Strawberry Peach Habanero Hot Sauce. We kept tweaking this one until we got it just right and the reviews have been tremendous!

Strawberry Peach Habanero Hot Sauce

We started out with just peach, and then felt like it needed a little something something at the end and strawberry seemed an unlikely but delicious solution! blending the fruit in at the end, gives it a real punch of flavor .

Our son pours a lake of this KJ’s Strawberry Peach Habanero hot sauce on his hummus before he eats it and it is equally good on fish tacos, salmon, chicken of any kind and especially hotwings! Trying mixing it into a vinaigrette for a special salad dressing! Fruity habanero hot sauces are really good drizzled over fall soups like butternut squash bisque!

If you love this habanero sauce, you’ll love our other ones like Mango Habanero and Pineapple Habanero. All there are on the hot end of the spicy scale but not too hot to enjoy!

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KJs Charred Red and Green Hot Sauce Blog Posts

KJ’s Charred Sauce Line

When we started playing around with sauce recipes, we naturally gravitated to making this special KJ’s Charred Sauce Line with our first two sauces – KJ’s Charred Green Hot Sauce and KJ’s Charred Red Hot Sauce.

Anytime you grill or roast a vegetable, it just magnificently skyrockets the flavors into another realm, and we found that peppers are no different.

Our Charred Green Hot Sauce uses a blend of green, grilled and charred peppers specially blended with spices for a smoky and medium heat taste bud sensation.

We love it on grilled hot wings, quesadillas and even right on a tortilla chip!

KJs Charred Sauce Line

Our KJ’s Charred Red Hot Sauce raises the bar even further by adding in dried ancho peppers to the mix.

We love it on grilled steak, ribs or even a burger!

KJ's Charred Sauce Line

At KJ’s we love to play around with dried chiles as well, so it made sense to add them to one of our KJ’s Charred Sauce Line sauces. Their fruity, smoky flavors offer something fresh peppers can’t – and the result?

Stupendously fabulous flavor!

These sauces are particularly good on crispy grilled or roasted chicken, any kind of taco, or straight off the spoon!

Try one of these sauces from our Charred Line and you may never go back to plain sauce again!

KJs Sauces Blog Posts

Let us introduce ourselves!

We’re KJ’s Sauces, specializing in making small batchs of fermented unique hot sauces for your spicy pleasure!

We love dreaming up new combinations using the freshest ingredients like peppers, pepper/fruit combinations and even char-grilling our peppers before we ferment them.

Our sauces are blended for medium heat although we do look forward to making some that will be for those who love absolute pain.

These will come about when we make “special batches”. Look for them all to sell out quick. Sign up for our emails to be alerted of these special batches!

We look forward to getting to know our hot sauce loving friends!

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