You'll Never Buy Bottled Hot Sauce Again

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Schug is a Yemenite hot sauce that works phenomenally well on anything. Add it to your eggs, drizzle a little on grilled vegetables, or mix with some hummus and pita. Schug is adaptable, up for creative interpretation, and extremely simple to make. Here, we added cilantro and a dash of cumin, but feel free to get adventurous with roasted garlic, turmeric, or other herbs and spices. Control the heat intensity by removing the seeds and membrane (white part) of the jalapeño pepper. For a slight but manageable kick, we like the ratio of one whole jalapeño to four deseeded ones. Once you go schug, you won't look back. Bye-bye bottle.

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Bottled hot sauces are typically laced with preservatives, shelf stabilizers, and sugar. Lose the unnecessary extras and make hot sauce at home. The taste is far superior, and the product is pure and clean!

Capsaicin Who?
Jalapeño peppers contain capsaicin, which is the component that gives the pepper its spicy kick. Jalapeños also contain immune-boosting Vitamin C and assist in controlling blood sugar levels during digestion.

So, skip the bottle and make your own hot sauce at home. A few simple steps lead to a whole lot of flavor.

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5 jalapeño peppers stemmed and halved, 1 with seeds and membrane, 4 deseeded and deveined
2 cups fresh cilantro
2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup olive oil
Pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container for a week to 10 days.

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