There is a great specialty store close to my home that very often allows small local venders to set up a sample table. Almost always when I’m offered a sample I look at the ingredient list and politely say “no thanks”. Most of these sauces contain “dextrins” and “lecithins” and other unpronounceable non-foods that I would rather not consume.
That wasn’t that case with No.7 Hot Sauce . I took one look at the ingredient list, promptly put down the bottle and asked if I could try them all. And I did. Every sauce was excellent and each is made with real food ingredients.
I ended up buying a bottle of each, but my favorite is the No.7 Habanero. Here’s the ingredient list: habanero peppers, cauliflower, carrots, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, water, olive oil, black pepper, kosher salt, cloves, oregano, bay leaves. Honestly, the hardest thing to pronounce in that list is, literally, “habanero”.
No. 7 has a great Mexican Rice recipe that I’ve my whole family loves. I’ve adapted it here for the back country. Enjoy.
- 1 ½ cups rice (washed)
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- 1 small onion (diced)
- 1 ½ cup home-canned crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon of No 7 hot sauce (add more if you prefer)
- 1 ½ cups of water
- Wash rice thoroughly through metal strainer for 3-5 minutes or until the water drains clear.
- Combine with all other ingredients in a microwave safe casserole dish. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. When these steps are complete, stir well and continue to microwave for a further 25 minutes at 50% power. Allow to sit without lifting the lid, stirring etc for at least 5 minutes.
- Back country preparation is super easy. First allow the rice to cool down to almost room temperature. Once cool, pour 1½ - 2 cups of mixture onto the drying sheet lined dehydrator tray. Use the vegetable setting (125 degrees) for this dish and allow to dry for 6-8 hours, overnight usually will do it. Drying time will depend on many factors, including consistency and thickness of the rice loaded into the trays.
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