I started pretty young! At the age of 10 I was busy in the kitchen concocting chili smash to try out on my mates. I pursued a career as a chef in my early days and continued to perfect my recipes with rigorous critique from my mates. After a while, it was time to go public.
Starting out at local farmers’ markets, the brand quickly grew and it was a matter of months before we were gracing the shelves for boutique grocers and supermarkets. Pretty crazy how things have developed! It's been hard work but that makes it all the more rewarding!!
We produce locally and export to Australia, Asia and the USA. We use locally sourced fresh ingredients where possible. Our sauces are all gluten-free and we only produce sauces we are sure our fans will love.
Our most popular sauce across the board is Culley's Chipotle Hot Sauce - it's a great intro to the range because it's smoky undertone appeals to those who aren’t necessarily a hard-out heat seeker. We’ve got a ramped-up reaper chili version; Culley’s Chipotle Reaper so not to disappoint the chili heads out there!
Heritage...Christopher Columbus. Chilies have played a part in the human diet since as early as 7500 BC when the first examples of their use crop up in America. Christopher Columbus found them in the Caribbean, decided to name them ‘peppers’, and then took them back to Europe.
Also a thought for the ladies... A king in the worlds of food, medicine and beauty treatments, chilies form the base of massage oils and anti-cellulite creams, and its powder makes great anti-aging masks and preparations which can enliven dull hair.
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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.