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Old 03-19-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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I'm going to be doing some traveling and I'll be in an area I won't be able to buy Habaneros but there is a dish I would like to make there.

I would be able to take ground items with me though which opens the question:

With hot sauce if the recipe has called for 12 whole habaneros how would I be able to substitute it for a ground alternative? I'm sure using the grounded alternative would be a less thick/creamy.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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What are you making?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Hot Sauce, it's usually a creamy consistency with peaches, white vinegar, honey and 12 whole habaneros.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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I make hot sauce all the time from the peppers I grow in my garden, including habs. Peaches sound delicious!

I've never made a "creamy" sauce though.

That said, dry habernero powder will make your sauce cloudy and grainy. I love the stuff but it's not a very good sub for fresh peppers.

Whats your particular traveling situation?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #5
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Could you dry/ dehydrate the whole peppers and take them with you? They probably have dried whole Habs in the Mexican food section as well. Maybe a prepared pure hab sauce would work.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:30 PM   #6
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Mail them to yourself, wherever you'll be staying. Probably best to use some kind of priority mail and keep them cold. Otherwise I don't know.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:32 PM   #7
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Mail them to yourself, wherever you'll be staying. Probably best to use some kind of priority mail and keep them cold. Otherwise I don't know.
We need to know more about the travel situation.

You can't mail them if it's an importation issue.

If its not, there are probably several different alternatives.
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Hmm. Wondering if you could put fresh ones in a Foodsaver bag. They'd be fine for a couple days. However, if there's a produce sniffing dog like at some international airports, that might not work.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #9
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Add about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum after it cools to room temp. It will thicken it an also it will give it a shine.
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Hmm. Wondering if you could put fresh ones in a Foodsaver bag. They'd be fine for a couple days. However, if there's a produce sniffing dog like at some international airports, that might not work.
That's not ALL those dogs are sniffing for I'm sure.
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