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Posted: 12/27/2012 6:29:03 PM EDT
I have a sealed bottle of caribbean hot sauce that has a "best if used by" date of 21 Feb 2010. I'm guessing that I bought it maybe 2005 or 2006 at the latest.

This brand (Matouk's West Indian Hot Flambeau) is hotter than hell and the ingredient label reads as follows:

INGREDIENTS:
aged pickled scotch bonnet peppers (pepper, vinegar, salt),
water,
salt,
modified cornstarch,
vinegar,
onion powder,
mustard,
potassium sorbate as a preservative,
soybean oil, spices,
xanthan gum,
colour (FD&C yellow #5)

So there's a lot of capsaicin, salt, and vinegar in here.

I can't imagine that anything could really grow in that type of environment. Contents don't look discolored.

Consume? or Toss?
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 6:38:09 PM EDT
Use it. The chili or capsaicin with vinegar won't allow anything to really grow. Have you seen them age hot chili by itself.
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 6:39:27 PM EDT
The flavor might not be quite as good, but it will be otherwise fine.
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 6:51:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/27/2012 6:52:12 PM EDT by edb66]
Matouks Flambeau rocks! The hottest stuff I've had that did not contain capsicum extract(which has a nasty flavor).

Eat it!
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:35:00 PM EDT
the listed date is a "best by flavor date" given the amount of pepper and other preservatives you listed, it'll be fine for a while
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:41:19 PM EDT
depends,your anus might not wish for you to consume it
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 8:15:39 PM EDT
It can definitely burn you twice.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:50:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:54:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:06:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zhukov:

Originally Posted By edb66:
Matouks Flambeau rocks! The hottest stuff I've had that did not contain capsicum extract(which has a nasty flavor).

Eat it!

Try this:

http://hotsaucefanatics.com/images/products/detail/1520NJ.jpg

I know there are probably hotter Jolokia sauces out there, but this is easy to find (relatively speaking). The 1/4 tsp I tried was enough to have me hopping up and down for a while - it's by far the hottest I've tried.


I've got a bottle of that, too.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:07:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:08:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zhukov:

Originally Posted By ThePontificator:

I've got a bottle of that, too.

That Matouk stuff is hotter than that?


Probably not, but the flavor is better.

BTW Matouk's Hot Flambeau is made with a variety of habanero/scotch bonnet pepper called a "scorpion pepper". Last year the Scorpion was championed as the new "hottest on earth". Of course, chile's heat varies from crop to crop.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:11:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 6:30:37 PM EDT
I'll keep an eye out for the Melindas.
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