Jane of Chilli Drops Hot Sauce in London, England is a go-getter. She started Chilli Drops in her spare time in 2013. They are no longer making hot sauces commercially, but her story is inspiring!
I had my daughter as a single parent in 2010 and in the space of 18 months totally destroyed my business in artist management, due to the fact that I totally underestimated child care and utter sheer exhaustion I'd suffer from. So after thoroughly neglecting both daughter and business, I decided to take a year off, rethink my working life and getting to know my child. Within a year I was totally bored and decided to find something I could make for a £1 and sell for £2. I'd always liked chilli sauces and invariably took my own when I was eating out. So without too much thought (in fact none at all) I decided to make and bottle chilli sauces.
In Feb 2013, I set up Chilli Drops, begged some funding from a bloke in the pub (who I still owe) and had my 1st production batch. By June I was selling into my first deli and butcher shops. I now have four fabulous flavours, and I sell mainly into the independent pub trade and occasionally on market stalls.
Miss Smoky Naga - the first one I created for my love of cheese burgers, she's hot and infused with a liquid smoke. AND has just won 2nd in the World Hot Sauce Awards. She's an international superstar and out sells the rest 2 to 1.
Get the freshest chillis you can find by a reputable grower, the flavour is all in the freshness or and how they were when they were dried/pickled. The standard ole Birdseye chilli is ultimately the most versatile, very much over looked but she packs a mean punch and is full of flavour and delicious just chopped up raw on anything or should I say everything!
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Cottage Lane Kitchen was founded by me in 2010, and it isn't only my business name, but also refers to a secret lane in Chapel Hill, NC where our family homestead was built in the 1950s. Four generations of my family have cooked and preserved spicy peppers out of love and tradition in that kitchen.
The last homemade batch of my family's spicy pepper relish was made by my Grandfather in the early 1990s. He grew chilies around the outside of the house and harvested and pickled them during my summer visits. I remember him watering the empty tin cans he buried beside each pepper plant.
Normally the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast interviews hot sauce makers all over the world. This episode is more of a riff from Brian the host about some of the things his hot sauce company Craic Sauce got up this summer.