People love to give hot sauces as gifts because they're unique and fun. But, assuming you don't eat chilli daily, what can one actually do with the red stuff? Serious Eats has quite a few suggestions, food-related and otherwise.
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You can add a milder, more flavour-focused sauce (e.g. Tabasco) to just about any food, but the hotter stuff is often harder to find legitimate, non-wager-related uses for. Chile Pepper magazine editor Andrea Lynn tosses in a few general uses for your extra bottles of Jim's Exploding Devastation Whatever, among great recipe ideas:
- Put a few drops into birdseed to keep out squirrels.
- Train your dog against eating from the table (mild heat, of course).
- Pat on nails to kick a nail biting habit.
- Combine a few drops with simple syrup, then toss with a fruit salad.
What have you used your hot pepper sauces for that turned out surprisingly edible or useful? Contribute your concoctions to the comments.
Serious Heat: 25 Things To Do with Hot Sauce [Serious Eats]