Pepperika 7 Pepper Hot Sauce is just what the name says: A hot sauce made from 7 different peppers and little else.
The first smell is very tomato-ey (that’s a word because I say so), and doesn’t give much of a clue of the heat that resides within. I was a little skeptical at first, as it smelled like salsa, not a hot sauce which normally has at least some vinegar.
The consistency is perfect. It doesn’t run off the food and has a nice thick texture, with bits of peppers and tomatoes throughout. It doesn’t separate easily, and when you shake it you have to be sure to tap the bottom of the bottle to keep it from gathering at the top before you open it. I’m sure most of you have experienced shaking a bottle of sauce, opening the top, and having the contents pop up in your face or all over the counter when you put the bottle down.
I’ll often taste a sauce straight out of the bottle, then on a pita or tortilla chip. But I really wanted to sample this on something more. So I took it to work with me (not to share, oh no, but to make my workday more bearable), put it on some tortilla chips, and melted cheese on top. Oh my, this has got to be my new favorite sauce to put on nachos and tacos! I love the fresh flavor, and can only imagine how great this will be on my cheese omelette or scrambled eggs!
This sauce reminds me of a really fresh salsa, with all the fresh pepper flavors intact, not affected by the addition of vinegar, herbs, or spices. Tomato sauce and puree provide the base, and with salt as the last ingredient, those pepper flavors are allowed to really shine through.
– The heat level is about a 2.5 out of 5. Heat is very front of the mouth, gradually moving to the back of the throat as you eat more. The heat is provided by the peppers themselves, not by the addition of black pepper (which I dislike in my sauces, as I think it’s cheating when you’re looking to make a true chile pepper sauce).
– The label is very clean and professional looking, a white glossy label with a great photo of dried chiles, uncluttered and very pleasing to the eye. This is a great looking label, and I can only compare it to the photo shots on the covers of Gourmet Magazine or Saveur – very classy.
– Based on my personal preference for a great sauce for everyday use, one that’s very flavorful and can be eaten every day, I give it 5 stars. This one is a keeper. Ok, that’s it, 5 stars!
Ingredients: ???Jalapenos, Serrano, Anaheim, Crushed Red Peppers, Cayenne, Banana, Yellow Bell Peppers, Onions, Tomato Puree/Sauce, Salt
Pepperika 7 Pepper Hot Sauce comes in a 5 ounce bottle (or 1 gallon plastic jug) and is available at pepperika.com.
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Pepperika Sauce Company, Linden Michigan. Contact [email protected]
Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.