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#1498481 Growing/selling super hots on the side

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 10:33 PM

Growing superhots sounds like and appeals to the "latestGreatest" trend...  But...


from 20 years of selling salsa...

25% of the salsa I sell has ZERO heat (yep.. nada..)

50% of the salsa I sell has 3/10 heat  (medium)

2 out of 100 buy the Scorcher 7/10 salsa


Considering that, I'd guess that maybe 1/3 of consumers actually buy fresh hot peppers of any variety, and most of those are jalapenos or serranos.  Trying to build a business on growing and selling superhots is a niche market.  Look at the vegetable displays at your local supermarket.  The larger the display space the larger the demand.  In our inland northwest Washington markets, peppers of all sorts have about 2 square feet combined of pepper display trays. 



The peppers can be grown, you can do the work, but you will need buyers of quantities of superhot peppers.  Consider contract growing.  Certain varieties for specific buyers.    The fact that you have access to and support for growing chiles is super exciting!  Hope things work out for you to have a super terrific grow!

All the best,




#1498475 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 10:05 PM

Listen..... I don't make the rules, lady! "The Dude ABIDES" :rofl:
(I had to scroogle "DURIAN" ;) )

Seriously?! That's awesome! I'll grab (a much smaller) one next time I'm at the store. I did pick up a dragon fruit though. First time for me. I'll probably eat it tomorrow :)


I couldn't resist.  :lol:  jackfruit=durian=NOT!



I was expecting something along the lines of, "If you're asking that question, you shouldn't be making hot sauce."


That one's real popular elsewhere.




Isn't that like a student in driver's ed asking "what's the free right on red rule?"  Isn't that why they are in driver's ed, to learn?  :rolleyes:  


Sorry, that probably is a bit snarky.  



If someone who was supposedly a licensed commercial hot sauce maker asked "what's a pH?"  I would reply as above that the person shouldn't be making hot sauce. 


If a new chile grower posted that same question of "What's a pH?" , I and most others here on THP would be happy to reply with information.  



#1498465 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 09:38 PM

I really appreciate the input and friendly responses. As someone whose go-to information-gathering strategy is to ask on forums dedicated to the subject, you guys are far and away the best. I'm honestly shocked there hasn't been any of the usual snark or condescension mixed in with the actual good information.



Well, we'd hate to disappoint, so if you are expecting some snark....here you go..




Hot sauce? You wanna make some HOT SAUCE?!?!???  You can't HANDLE Real Hot Sauce!!!!  You Noobie's shouldn't even THINK about making HOT sauce.  We're the reason you can even think about eating real hot sauce!   


​Does that work for your snark fix?   :lol:    




I think THP has the best Hero to a$$hole ratio for it's members.  99.99% heros...  .01%jerks.  Hang around, you will get to know good folks.  


Most important...whatever you're doing with chiles, Have FUN!!!



#1498446 Making Vinegar

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 08:06 PM

Yup, I make my own, nice, just have to make sure it breaths and protected. Got a nice jell culture from the last batch.




#1498436 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 07:19 PM

...and I'm not on the Kindle which is why my posts might be more consice and precise.  Perhaps addressing the topic at hand with numb3rs and such.  Randon thoughts and recollections, typed out in significantly sub-warp speed and nonsensically edited.  





Morning reply on the Kindle would of been----"some things make sauce thicekr."    :lol:

#1498424 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 06:55 PM

yea, it's my inherently lazy disposition kicking in.... like trying to post while sitting in the living room reading THP on the Kindle, watching the CNN morning news circus, drinking coffee....


...typing on the Kindle before coffee = too much effort to get all the punctuation and fluffnStuff correct....... it just isn't working! So I don't post!  Or post an abbreviated post that has to be edited later and isn't clear....:GRRR:    :banghead:  


I just need to take the cup of coffee into the office, work on the tablet, type everythgin correctly and be done with it!  :lol: 





#1498416 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 06:35 PM

I also didn't mention that carrots, yams, sweet potato and apples all have natural thickening properites, so keep that in mind.  The sauce may get thicker than expected, fruit juices will help without watering down.  

#1498412 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 06:03 PM


This.  I will pair up same color bells for cutting heat.  Also w red peppers I will use apple and/or cherries to help.


Best of luck.  :)


I should of specified colored bell peppers, Thanks, SnF~ ...definitely use yellow, orange or red bell peppers to match the color of the sauce.   That's what happens when posting before coffee....:lol:  


Cut it with a DURIAN! :rofl:


I didn't know where to post this thing, haha. Saw it at the store yesterday, had to share ;)
Are they always this big? This thing is a BEAST! Bigger than a watermelon


FIFY~~~~   :lol:  ;)

#1498290 Best way to cut hot sauce

Posted by salsalady on 13 October 2017 - 09:25 AM

Bell peppers, carrots, fruit juice, apples, pears, yams, sweet potato...
Should have some vinegar or lemon or lime juice for acidity.

#1497081 Pure Evil Cap Drops availability

Posted by salsalady on 07 October 2017 - 08:42 PM

You should do Etsy, if they allow it. It may add to the handcrafting appeal.


Also see if you can list on Walmart, they have a marketplace and compete with amazon.


I can see whey they removed it. They deal in such high volume, and when this happens it looks poorly on amazon so they suspend as to not have it happen again, even if it was a fluke like yours, they don't want to bet on that. Unfortunately.


I'll look at Etsy and Walmart (cring!), haven't looked at them before.


I understand amz has to have high performance standards.  And I had exemplary performance up until one episode.  What was the killer was...they did not have any---

"OOPS!  You Effed up!  Don't do it again! "

"SERIOUS WARNING FROM AMZ!!!  This is your ONE WARNING!  Don't Do It Again!!!"

... no probation, warning points, or 'lets try it again and don't efff up again.' 


It's---'No Marketplace for YOU!!!!'


I messed up on one weekend, and there was no real life communication with a real person to try and resolve the situation.  Believe me, I tried many times.  


It's kind of a backwards benefit in that for the next few months, I have one less thing to deal with. 

#1497055 Pure Evil Cap Drops availability

Posted by salsalady on 07 October 2017 - 06:18 PM

was just looking through the links.  :lol:

#1497054 Pure Evil Cap Drops availability

Posted by salsalady on 07 October 2017 - 06:18 PM

edit- Oh Too Funny!  one of the sites is Little Shop of Fiery!

#1497052 Pure Evil Cap Drops availability

Posted by salsalady on 07 October 2017 - 06:15 PM

Thanks, Boss.  I think Pure Evil might be posted in an amz store I sold a quantity to fairly recently, Little Shop of Fiery?  I haven't looked in the last few days to see if PE is listed yet with that seller.  



After we get back from the trip, I'll revisit selling options.  Selling wholesale using stores might have enough exposure.  It was definitely worth it to have a listing on Amz.  There are a lot of folks who just don't like PP or prefer to deal with amz. 






#1497045 Pure Evil Cap Drops availability

Posted by salsalady on 07 October 2017 - 05:46 PM

Greetings and thank you, everyone, for your continuing support of Pure Evil Capsaicin Drops.



This is a quick update of what is going on and what's coming up with Pure Evil capsaicin drops.


First and foremost-  We're Still Here!  at the link in the Sig line below.  


Our Pure Evil amazon listing got suspended by amazon due to a bookkeping snafu.  Through a series of events, here's what happened to my amazon seller account.   



All amazon business selling accounts have to be linked to a valid/current credit card.  Every 2 weeks, before dispersing funds from sales, amazon 'pings' the cc to make sure it is still active. 


The cc linked to my account expired.

The 'ping' was denied. 

My seller account was suspended.

This happened over the extended July 4th holiday weekend. 

I was not aware of the situation for 6-7 days, by which time several orders (which were supposed to have shipped within 2-3 days) were late for shipment.


I immediately shipped all orders, and started resolving the situation with Amz to reactivate my seller account.


After many emails and phone calls to Seller Support, I received the same Auto-Reply from SellerPerformance about 8 times regarding 'not addressing the issue of late shipments'.  The official reason the account got suspended was "too high of a percentage of late shipments". 


Prior to this one incident, my shipping rate, performance, returns and feedback had been +99%. 


I won't bore everyone with the details.  End of the story is...I never once got a reply from a real person regarding the issues with my account and how to resolve it to 'their' satisfaction even though the Plan of Action I submitted about 8 times addressed each item they called out.  


After 90 days of amz holding a few thousand dollars of my money and not every giving a real reply to any emails, I closed my amz seller account.  If there had been any remote interaction with a real person that would of let me know that reactiviation of my seller account was a possibility, I would of hung in there to get it going again.  No amz representative ever addressed my specific situation or gave me a personal reply to the issues.


It's business, accounts come and go.  I'm sorry to see the amz listing go away as it was an active sales venue for Pure Evil.  



For now- Pure Evil is no longer available on amazon.  Pure Evil is available through our website which uses PayPal for payment processing.  


Just a heads up for those considering purchases for the Holidays...

I will be on a BucketList trip with my Dad in December.  We will not be shipping Pure Evil orders placed in December until Dec 23rd.  That's not in time for holiday delivery.  We'll be adding some extra things for orders placed in December, but I just want people to know orders will not arrive for Christmas. This info will be posted on our PureEvil website also.


Thanks again for everyone's continuing support!  Pure Evil Capsaicin Drops have been used in so many ways.  We plan to be here for a long time.  Maybe we'll get back on Amazon, maybe not.  We'll look at it after the new year and see what works for us and our (very appreciated!) customers.  


All the best always~





#1496924 Fridge Pickling vs. Canning Pickling

Posted by salsalady on 07 October 2017 - 10:00 AM

Check the ingredients. I cant remember what it is, but thgereis something that can be added to keep them crisp. Home canners sometimes add a grape leaf to the jar. Supposed to help keep it crisp.

Speaking of pickles....i have a feeling a farmer will be stopping by today with....pounds and pounds....of peppers. I say i want 20 pounds, they show up with 80...