Jalapeño juice is a flavorful and spicy liquid that can be used in various recipes, cocktails, or as a condiment to add heat and flavor to your dishes. Here’s how to make jalapeño juice:
- 6-8 fresh jalapeño peppers (or more for spicier juice)
- 1 cup water
- 12 cup white vinegar
- 12 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- Optional: garlic cloves, lime juice, or other seasonings for added flavor
- Prepare the Jalapeño Peppers:
- Start by wearing gloves to protect your hands from the spicy oils in the jalapeños. Rinse the jalapeños under cold water to remove any dirt or contaminants.
- Remove Seeds and Membranes (Optional):
- If you want a milder jalapeño juice, slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and membranes. If you prefer a spicier juice, you can leave some or all of the seeds and membranes intact.
- Chop the Jalapeños:
- Roughly chop the jalapeño peppers into smaller pieces. The size of the pieces doesn’t need to be exact because you’ll be blending them.
- Blend the Jalapeños:
- Place the chopped jalapeños in a blender or food processor. If you want to add garlic cloves, lime juice, or other seasonings, add them to the blender as well.
- Add Water and Vinegar:
- Pour in 1 cup of water and 12 cup of white vinegar into the blender.
- Season with Salt:
- Add 12 teaspoon of salt to the blender. You can adjust the amount of salt to your taste preferences.
- Blend Until Smooth:
- Blend the mixture until it becomes a smooth puree. The consistency should be similar to that of a thick sauce.
- Strain the Mixture (Optional):
- If you prefer a smoother jalapeño juice without pulp or seeds, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a bowl or jar. Use a spoon to press out as much liquid as possible.
- Store in a Container:
- Transfer the jalapeño juice to a clean glass container or jar with a tight-sealing lid.
- Seal the container and refrigerate the jalapeño juice. It will stay fresh for several weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
- Use as Needed:
- Use your homemade jalapeño juice as a condiment, marinade, or ingredient in recipes. It adds a spicy kick and a burst of flavor to a wide range of dishes.
Remember that jalapeño juice can be quite spicy, so use it sparingly if you’re sensitive to heat. You can adjust the spiciness by varying the number of jalapeños and the inclusion of seeds and membranes. Enjoy experimenting with this homemade condiment!