When peppers are an abundant crop in the garden, recipes can get extravagant. One of the easiest things to make is fermented hot pepper sauce. The combinations are endless, depending on what peppers are available. Simply harvest peppers, or purchase them from your local farmer’s market, chop them up and add them to a mason jar.


If seeds and the white ribs that hold the seeds into the pepper are left in tack, the sauce will be hotter. This heat can be cooled by adding a carrot and onion, which balances the flavors. A hotter sauce can be achieved by just doing chopped hot peppers. 

For a quart mason jar, pack the vegetables into the jar, add one to two tablespoons of mineral salt, fill with filtered water being sure the vegetables are fully submerged, and put a lid on so it can sit on the counter for a week. 

Garlic and onion make a wonderful addition to hot sauces. 

Once the mixture is done fermenting, serve as is or pop it into a blender for a couple of pulses to make a liquid. Store and enjoy as desired. 

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, through The American Naturopathic Medical Association and works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. She serves on the GAPS Board of Directors and has recently been named “The GAPS Expert” by Dr. Natasha and will serve teaching other Certified GAPS Practitioners proper use of the GAPS protocol. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. becky.nourishingplot@hotmail.com

“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.

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