The other day I was standing at the kitchen bench looking at the half a kilo of chillies I had just picked off the two chilli plants in the front yard. I was stunned at how many chillies I had at the end of the season and wasn’t really sure what to do with them all.
I had already stocked up my freezer with a bag of chillies, there was a long chain of them drying in the spare room and I still had more chillies!!
So I turned to facebook and people suggested that I try making sweet chilli sauce with them!
- 500g long fresh red chillies, stems trimmed.
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 750ml (3 cups) white vinegar
- 650g (3 cups) caster sugar
1. Halve 100g of the chillies and place in the bowl of a food processor. Halve and deseed the remaining chillies. Coarsely chop and place in the food processor. Add garlic and 250ml white vinegar. Process until finely chopped.
I used Bell chillies because that is what I had growing in the front yard. Just be aware of your cutting time ratio. If you are using small chillies, you will be chopping for a lot longer than if you use bigger ones.
2. Place the chilli mixture, remaining vinegar and caster sugar in a large saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Try not to take longer than 5 minutes on this step. If you are cheating and using normal sugar instead of caster sugar, toss it in first with a dash of vinegar and get it started first, then it will dissolve in time.
3. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 35-40 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Now, don’t be fooled, it might not look like it has thickened enough, but trust me, it will. Once it is in the bottle it will thicken. Don’t do my trick first time around and streach this out to an hour and a half, you will end up with sweet chilli toffee.
4. Lastly Pour into sterilised airtight bottles and seal. After all of the tomato sauce bottling, this is getting really quite easy. Just watch out, the sweet chilli sauce will be hot and with all the sugar, it is quite sticky and so it will really burn if it drips on you.