I Got Hot Sauce In My Bag, Swag!


Beyonce’s song Formation is all about taking charge and winning at whatever you do. And all winners have “Hot Sauce In My Bag, Swag.” This kind of swag isn’t for the faint at heart. Only those who like to “pop their collar” and “strut their stuff” after cooking an amazing meal will get it.

When it comes to my food, I’m not ashamed to say I’m a control freak. I take charge with winning recipes and I slay. I’m a star. I go far (and yes, Formation is one of my favorite songs these days). Especially when it comes to hot sauce. It’s important to me that I have the right amount of heat, spice, and flavor. The store bought stuff just won’t do. It’s full of distilled vinegar which is a household cleaner. While I rarely eat any kind of vinegar, the fellas in my house love hot sauce. Here are a few tips for a more healthy version.

For mild heat, add one dried cayenne pepper to 8 ounces of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the mother culture. For the really mild at heart folks, you’ll want to remove the seeds. To step up the heat, add an additional pepper. Mix the ingredients using a high powered blender.  To give the sauce a different twist, add a few heavy dashes of chili powder, garlic, pink salt, and pepper to taste and blend again. Some people add bell peppers, red onions, and other vegetables to the blend. Store in a glass jar at room temperature. My batches last up to one year. This can vary from home to home.

I’d love to hear how this recipe works for you. Feel free to share your modifications. Can’t wait to see your version of “Hot Sauce in My Bag, Swag.”

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Author: Sherrice Sledge-Thomas

Sherrice Sledge-Thomas is the founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Herb Culture University. She's known as the Suburban Herbalista because her place of residence along with her life experiences have shaped her unique brand of herbalism. Sherrice's herbal studies are rooted in experiences with her "rootworking" grandmother and a host of wise women in her community. To compliment her grassroots herbalist education, she earned a Health Coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on Women's Studies from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Management. Over the years, she's obtained a variety of certifications in the learning, leadership development, and change management space to compliment her holistic health work. This is the reason many of her certification programs and workshops incorporate elements of strategic planning and execution. Sherrice is the mother of three handsome young men. She enjoys meditation, yoga, and free-spirited dancing.

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