This peach habanero hot sauce brings sweet, gentle heat to all your favorite foods. Make sure to use peaches at the pinnacle of ripeness for maximum deliciousness.
I am not someone who goes for crazy hot foods. I firmly believe that eating should be grounded in pleasure rather than pain or discomfort. However, I do believe that there’s something uniquely appealing about sauces that allow for the careful, targeted application of gentle heat.
And so, when I develop hot sauce recipes, they are relatively mellow, mild ones that enhance rather than sear. Dealer’s choice, as it were.
That’s all to say that this may well be the most tame peach habanero hot sauce you’ll ever encounter. If you’re someone who likes to be challenged by your condiments, this probably isn’t the recipe for you. However, if you like sweet, easygoing heat, you are in the right place.
For this recipe, I used the peeling technique described in this post (quarter peaches, lay them in a heatproof baking dish, bring kettle to a boil, pour over peaches, rinse with cold water, peel). Once peeled, they went into a big pot with diced onion, a sweet orange pepper, six seeded habaneros (wear disposable gloves!), garlic, vinegar, a little sugar, lemon juice, and salt.
I simmered everything over medium heat while making dinner, giving it a stir on occasion and breaking up the peaches with my spatula with every turn. Once the peaches were totally tender and the onions were translucent, I used an immersion blender to puree the sauce smooth.
I canned the sauce in some of the barbecue sauce bottles I got from Fillmore Container, though you could just as easily use whatever canning jar you have to hand (the processing time remains the same for pints or smaller. If you move to a quart, increase the processing time by five minutes). I look forward to opening one up in a couple months, when it’s had time to mellow even more.
Oh, and in case you missed my post yesterday, this hot sauce was made with peaches from the folks at the Washington State Fruit Commission. I made this Gingery Peach Butter with the other half of the peaches. Nectarine recipes are still to come.
Peach Habanero Hot Sauce
- 3 pounds peaches, quartered and peeled
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 sweet orange pepper, seeded and chopped
- 5-6 habanero peppers, stemmed and seeded
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt
- Prepare a boiling water bath canner and enough jars to hold 4 pints of hot sauce (you can also can this in 8 half pint jars or 15 12-ounce jelly jars).
- Combine the peaches, vinegar, sugar, onion, peppers, garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a low, wide, non-reactive pan.
- Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Once the contents of the pan are bubbling, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peaches, peppers, and onions are tender.
- Remove the pot from the heat and puree using an immersion blender.
- Funnel into the prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
- Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes.
- When the time is up, remove the lid from the pot and turn off the heat. Let the jars rest in the cooling water for five minutes. When that time is up, remove jars and set them on a folded kitchen towel to cool.
- When the resting time is up, remove the jars and set them on a folded kitchen towel to cool. When the jars/bottles have cooled enough that you can comfortable handle them, check the seals. Sealed jars/bottles can be stored at room temperature for up to a year. Any unsealed jars/bottles should be refrigerated and used promptly.