April 13, 2024
Fermented Jalapeño Hot Sauce

Fermented Jalapeño Hot Sauce

Fermented Jalapeño Hot Sauce is done! Get the original recipe here.


  • 2 cups non-chlorinated water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling salt
  • 3/4 pounds Jalapenos, seeded if desired, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 pound celery heart, leaves included, finely diced
  • 1 cup onion (1 medium onion), small diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds


  • One quart sized fermentation kit (Ball Fermentation Kit or equivalent)


  • Make brine by dissolving 1 1/2 tablespoons of pickling salt in 2 cups of water.
  • Mix vegetables, garlic and coriander in a bowl

  • Pack into clean jar leaving at least 2 inches of headspace.
  • Pour enough salt water brine in to cover the mixture by at least 1 inch.

  • Place spring on top of vegetable then twist lid on. If using a different brand of fermenting kit you may have weights instead of a spring.

  • Wipe jar down and cover with a cloth. Store in a cool (68-72 °F) place.
  • Check daily to make sure vegetables remain submerged in brine. After 24 hours there will be visible bubbles on the top of the brine.
  • Fermentation is complete in 2 to 3 weeks. Longer fermentation will result in a stronger flavor.
  • Once the fermentation process is complete, remove from jar. Add vegetables and 1/2 cup brine to a blender and process. Add additional brine as necessary to thin sauce to desired consistency. Strain through a fine mesh strainer if an even smoother sauce is preferred.

  • Wipe jar rim and place a leek-proof or or canning lid on the jar.

  • Store in refrigerator up to 6 months.


  • To make additional brine; dissolve 1 teaspoon pickling salt in 1/2 cup of non-chlorinated water.
  • During fermentation, the vegetables must always be below the surface of the brine. Add more if necessary.
  • Other peppers may be substituted for Jalapenos.
  • I feel this recipe has too much celery in it and will likely reduce the amount of celery in it the next time I make it.

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