Stunning Sriracha made at home
Fermented Chilli Paste
Sriracha is a very versatile, long lasting, hot and delicious fermented chilli paste.
During the warmer months we have an abundance of chillies and after chilli jam, bottled whole chillies, dried hanging chillies and simply frozen chillies are processed, there is still an abundance of these gorgeous, fiery red chillies.
After reading The Hungry Tigress http://hungrytigress.com/2012/10/fermented-sriracha/ post on Sriracha (pronunced 'see-ray-shah') I was inspired to make some of this delicious fermented chilli paste.
I weighed 650grams of freshly picked hot chillies for this recipe then washed and dried them.
After cutting off the stem and removing any soft chillies, I put them in the blender to chop them.
When they were processed finely, I added three cloves of minced fresh garlic and 2 tablespoons fine sea salt.
This is how they look at the start of the process.
Cover with plastic film, leave at room temperature and stir once or twice each day for 5 - 7 days.
After two days, they look a little more dull.
After four days, they appear less shiny.
At the end of seven days, at approximately 27 degrees Celcius each day, the Sriracha looks like this :-
and has a slightly sour smell.
At this time place the chillies into a sieve and extract as much liquid as possible from them by pushing down on the chillies to remove the juices that have been extracted.
Then place chillies into a food processor with 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of caster sugar.
Process until a paste forms and store in a sterilised jar in the refrigerator.
This paste will last for months and is useful for many purposes.
Add Sriracha to mayonnaise for a tasty condiment.
Use alone with barbecued grilled meats for a hot flavour burst.
Mix a little with scrambled eggs before cooking.
Use in marinades for chicken with soy sauce, garlic, shao hsing wine and sugar.
Mix with butter and freeze in a log shape to offer with grilled steaks.
Add to fried rice.
Use in place of sambal oelek in recipes.
The uses of Siracha are endless and you will appreciate a jar, or two of this in your kitchen, and at work, as well as in your mother's kitchen for when you are visiting.