Geoff Barker, fermented hot sauce specialist and owner of Sabarac (Brisbane, Australia) joins the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast.
Geoff has created a wide range of fermented hot sauces with truly unique flavors like his Firemelon (carolina reaper and watermelon), fermented hot chocolate, and Japanese miso style.
This episode explores different techniques of fermenting including using a brine versus a chilli mash, common mistakes made by people new to fermenting, and some funny stories along the way.
For those interested in learning more about fermenting, Geoff recommends the books Fiery Ferments, Noma Guide to Fermentation, and the Facebook groups Fermented Hot Sauce Society and Insane in the Brine.
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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.