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Kier Kemp
What it’s like to enter the Great Taste Awards – Our first experience and results!

What it’s like to enter the Great Taste Awards – Our first experience and results!

There’s a lot of hot sauce out there. Some of it is amazing, lots of it is pretty average and as a small business it’s tough to cut through the noise and stand out in that crowded market.    Our journey started by reviewing sauces purely for the love of it back in 2018 and It didn’t take long to get bitten by the bug and move into experimenting ourselves. Fast forward to 2020 and we’re just getting to the point where we feel we’ve established ourselves enough to submit some of our products to The Great Taste Awards.     It’s hard to miss the Great Taste logo on products throughout...

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Fermented or Unfermented hot sauce: Which is best?

Fermented or Unfermented hot sauce: Which is best?

There’s a lot of hot sauce out there and increasingly you, the hot sauce fans want to experiment with your own recipes. But what kind of sauce do you try? Fermented or unfermented? Cooked or not cooked? And that’s before you even start looking at flavours and ingredients.    As for which is best? Well that comes down to taste but let’s look at the different characteristics of fermented and unfermented hot sauces and see if we can make the decision a little easier.    Fermented hot sauce  Fermenting (or lacto fermentation in this case) is the process of allowing naturally occurring bacteria, usually present on the outside of fruits...

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The 6  hottest UK hot sauces you can find in the big supermarkets

The 6 hottest UK hot sauces you can find in the big supermarkets

We've all bought something that said CAUTION EXTRA HOT with a skull symbol or 5/5 chilli peppers on the packet just to find that it’s merely a bit warm. Soooo disappointing – why do the big shops do that?  Price is the answer... as well as spice tolerance of the public. Average Joe isn’t a chilli head so what’s a little tingle to us is a heat challenge to most people, therefore big companies go lower on the heat as it’s more agreeable to the general public and costs them less money (both hot peppers and extract are expensive resources).  To save you from disappointment we have...

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3 things to look for when trying new hot sauce.

3 things to look for when trying new hot sauce.

Hot sauce is about so much more than just chillies and vinegar. Indulging in great sauce is a luxury on par with enjoying any fine wine, aged whisky or good cigar. It should be a memorable and complex experience.  The first step to really enjoying hot sauce though is learning what makes the good stuff so great. When thinking about recipes or trying to understand flavours it helps to break things down. That way you can compare, experiment, contrast and enjoy.  Think about it like wine tasting. Some are dry, some are sweet, some are fruity and so on. When you know the elements...

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