Hot Pepper Vinegar

by Heather on January 9, 2013


I have to get something off my chest: I’m watching The Biggest Loser this season.  Yes, it’s true.  This is happening.

I’m sure y’all are sitting there about click the “X” in the top of the screen but WAIT STOP DON’T DO IT!  I know everyone in the country has been watching this show since its birth, and yet I still haven’t jumped on board.  Why?


Good question.  Usually I am the last to the party when it comes to awesome shows.  Homeland?  Yeah, we have it DVRed and haven’t watched it.  Downton Abbey?  Nope, not yet.  Parenthood?  Y’all are going to want to sucker-punch me with your remotes, but no, we haven’t watched it yet.  Although my excuse with that last one is that I don’t want to sob like a baby for hours on end after every episode.


Anyway, back to Biggest Loser.  I cannot get enough of Bob Harper – he’s pretty much the best trainer ever, and the accent?  Bob, please don’t ever stop talking.  Ever.


Oh, wait, this is a food blog right?  What does Bob Harper have to do with a food blog?  Probably nothing, I just had to toss it out there.  Give y’all a little insight into the latest & greatest going on over here ;)  But really, this vinegar is awesome.  (Smooth transition, I know).  From what I understand it’s kind of a Southern staple, although I only ever saw it on every table in the British Virgin Islands.  It’s delicious on top of some creamy grits, potatoes, or any other starchy thing.  And the spice?  I love it extra spicy and garlicky, although you can modify that by using fewer peppers in it (or more if you like!).  My parents are actually the ones who gave me this recipe – apparently hot pepper vinegar is one of those things that’s been around forever and I just never knew about it!


Moral of the story?  Maybe never ask me if I’ve seen the newest awesome TV show – the answer is probably no.  And make this vinegar – no cooking (unless you want to) and lots of flavor are just a few seconds away!


  • 1/2 cup small hot peppers (I like serranos & habaneros!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced in half
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar

I recommend using a glass bottle of some kind; we found these that have little cork stoppers at World Market.  If the peppers are larger than the bottle opening, slice them to fit.  Mine just fit in the top as-is, so I sliced off the tops and added them with the seeds.  Add the garlic, peppercorns and sugar.  Cover everything with the vinegar and let it sit at room temperature for 1 week.  After this the vinegar is ready to go, although I let mine sit just a bit longer for extra flavor ;)

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1 Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 9, 2013

COOL! I love the idea of infusing vinegar!… and biggest loser, this season is gonna rock… because Jillian’s back! BOOM!


2 Denise @ Creative Kitchen January 9, 2013

LOL…..loved this post. First of all, I love vinegar, but never knew of hot pepper vinegar either….even though I’m from the south. Secondly….we are HUGE Biggest Loser fans as of this past summer. We never watched the show either. Then when hubby and I focused on weight loss….he found it a HUGE motivator. As a family we watched all the seasons of Biggest Loser streaming from Netflix.

I have to agree about Bob…but I also love Jillian. You have to go back and watch some of the prior seasons. They really both have a soft spot for their people. ;) A couple of seaons were our favorites but now I can’t remember which. I’ll have to ask my girls and get back to you.


3 Heather January 9, 2013

Oh, I love Jillian too – the way she yells at people and then ends up helping them? HUGE! But I gotta say, Bob’s cuter ;)


4 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 9, 2013

So many good thing could come from this….


5 Heather January 9, 2013

Especially if it’s coming out of your kitchen ;)


6 Kare @ Kitchen Treaty January 9, 2013

That vinegar looks amazing (and pretty), we just started Downton Abbey ourselves, and for what it’s worth, Parenthood (which I finally started a couple of months ago) is more funny (and, yes, poignant at times) than downright sad. I’ve sobbed a lot during season 4, but seasons 1 – 3 aren’t really cryfests. They’re just pure awesome. :)


7 Katie January 9, 2013

I used to be OBSESSED with the biggest loser, but stopped watching after Jillian left. I loved her. (but I see on the comment below…she’s back! maybe I’ll have to start again.)

Anyway, this vinegar is SUCH a good idea.


8 Natalie @ Free Range Human January 9, 2013

As someone who was also late to the Downton Abbey party and only got on board last week, I have to say please please please go watch it now! So good!


9 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 9, 2013

HAHAH! I don’t think I’m strong enough to watch biggest loser without sobbing like a baby.

I have pepper olive oil that i LOVE. So I have to try this!


10 Carol B January 9, 2013

It is also good to use cayenne pepper and green tomatoes. Just stuff them tight into a mason jar (I make a quart). The more peppers, the hotter it is. Heat some apple cider vinegar and pour over the top. If you want you can seal it down with a flat and ring. It will last for up to 2 years. It is awesome!! I love it on any type of beans/peas.


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