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Pepper North

Member Since 25 Jun 2013
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#1602804 Hello from Hot Reviews!

Posted by Pepper North on 03 January 2019 - 08:22 PM

Hey Mike, good to see you here. Looking forward to seeing your attempt at Heatwave in March!

#1594303 Pepper Harvest and Processing

Posted by Pepper North on 20 November 2018 - 08:15 PM

Are these peppers sauce now? I wouldn't mind seeing some more pics of this operation!

Some of them are, but its hopefully enough to get us through until next season. We made 2100 bottles today, just over 5000 bottles will be our total this week. We got a rush order for 6480 bottles that has to ship out on Thursday. Heres some pics off my phone, you can check us out on Facebook or Instagram too, we post lots of processing pics and videos.










#1591432 Worlds largest collection of hot sauces

Posted by Pepper North on 04 November 2018 - 07:15 AM

Vic is one of the finest people involved in the hot sauce industry. We are honoured to be a part of his collection!


#1588134 Bottling Mayo Based Sauce

Posted by Pepper North on 18 October 2018 - 10:27 AM

I have wondered what the process was for making mayo shelf stable. You wouldn't think egg and oil would last like that.

Does the process authority charge to approve your recipe?


Using pasteurized eggs definitely helps.

#1586318 Pepper Harvest and Processing

Posted by Pepper North on 09 October 2018 - 01:14 PM

That's an impressive stack of peppers. Do you know how many plants/acres he grows?


Thanks! Yes this year was 5000 plants on 1 acre.

#1586284 Pepper Harvest and Processing

Posted by Pepper North on 09 October 2018 - 09:36 AM

That's what I do but 5 pounds whips my ass.


Haha, yeah I hear ya. After doing 1000lbs I am pretty wiped.


That is what I need to do, but all of my three freezers are constantly full and I can't find room for more pods :-(




Bummer! We are lucky to have a large walk in freezer.


Wow that's awesome. Maybe next year I'll have enough grown to actually need to store them. Great processing technique, thanks!


No problem, best of luck!


YOWZAA!!!!!  That is Awesome!!!!  Both that your farmer knocked it out of the park with the grow, and that you're getting them processed 1000 pounds at a time.  Hope you got some good tunes or podcasts to listen to~~~



Thanks SL! Yes, we burn through lots of tunes. Hard to get everyone to agree though!

#1584923 Pepper Harvest and Processing

Posted by Pepper North on 01 October 2018 - 02:18 PM


Great to see.


Thank you!


wow congrats!


Thanks so much!


When you say processing, what exactly does that entail? Chopping them up into mash? Do you then keep the mash cold or just add enough salt or vinegar for preservation to occur?




With such a large amount of peppers coming in a short time we are freezing them for the time being. Our process is to:

1) Wash and sanitize

2) De-stem

3) Split in half and quality inspect

4) Weigh and vacuum seal

5) Flash freeze


Very cool!


Thank you. I owe much of my success to this website.


Holy moly! Great stuff! That's more than I've ever grown combined, then multiplied. Lol. Awesome!


Yeah, it really is an insane amount of peppers. We have 2 skids stacked 8 feet high in the fridge full of peppers to tackle tomorrow.

#1584874 Pepper Harvest and Processing

Posted by Pepper North on 01 October 2018 - 08:55 AM

Thought some of you might enjoy seeing our peppers. In an effort to scale our production massively and continue using 100% Canadian grown hot peppers we partnered with a local farmer this year. He absolutely killed it and produced around 6000lbs for us. Unfortunately being in Canada, they all get harvested within a 4 week period making for some long days processing. We can do about 1000lbs in an 8 hour day. We have another 2000lbs sitting in the walk in for this week, and another 2000lbs coming next week that should wrap it up.


600lbs of Paper Lantern & Orange Habanero Peppers



800lbs of Paper Lantern Habanero Peppers with my old man



250lbs Ghost Peppers & 400lbs Orange Habanero Peppers


#1584869 Water As An Ingredient In Hot Sauce

Posted by Pepper North on 01 October 2018 - 08:19 AM

In one season I'll get a hundred pounds of peppers off of just one plant, maybe more. I haven't tested the limits yet. When I say season, I mean year. As we have fairly tropical weather in Florida all year.


This I would love to see as well. If you figure an average pod is in the 10g range, even harvesting 1000 pods from one plant would only yield roughly 10kg (22lbs). So you are saying your plants are producing well over 5000 pods each? We grow our peppers as well, and if there is some way to up the plant production by 40 or 50 times I would enjoy learning about it.

#1584342 Hot Peppers Cooking Measurement Conversion Charts

Posted by Pepper North on 28 September 2018 - 09:45 AM

General rule of thumb is a 10 to 1 conversion for fresh to dried. 10g fresh pods will yield approx 1g of dried etc.

#1584026 Temporary Food Vendor Permits

Posted by Pepper North on 26 September 2018 - 02:48 PM

I'm in Canada so it might be slightly different, but likely much the same.


I always get the temporary food vendor permit. In most cities here, it is free, the odd one does charge though. I have done at least 200+ events over the last 5 years, and it really becomes a pain to have to fill out the forms for every event. I tend to build a relationship with the different inspectors in each city and they usually let me send them the documents directly through email which makes things easier. I usually spend a day in the spring and fire through 20 or 30 of them and send them out.


I have quite a few times however ran into the issue where the health inspector calls me and says they have no information about the event, and asks me for the organizers contact info. A few times I have then had the organizer call me and ask why I am drawing attention to their event from the health department. Apparently they have other food vendors who do not bother with the proper permits etc. and now all of a sudden the city is asking for them. I just tell them that it is my business, and that it is not just a hobby for me as it likely is for many of their vendors. A citation from the health department does not look good on your record. Only one time did the organizer ask me not to attend the event because of this. This only happens for the smaller events like you are describing (in a school, community centre etc.). Luckily I don't do very many of those anymore, lol.

#1559311 Extreme Biz Profiles: Pepper North

Posted by Pepper North on 11 June 2018 - 09:55 AM

No such luck at my local Firehouse subs, reckon I will soon order a bottle... I'm not too proud to try other offerings.. little fish in a big pond...  :P


Sorry, only available at the Canadian locations of Firehouse at this time. If you ever want to do a sauce swap shoot me a PM.

#1558970 The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Pepper North on 09 June 2018 - 06:07 PM

Congrats to all and way to go Pepper North! That Blueberry Plague sounds outstanding! Too bad you don't ship it to the US. I'd love to try it!


Sorry for the late reply. I can ship to the US, just the cost from Canada makes it tough to do via the website. Feel free to shoot me a PM though and we can work it out.


I seriously need to try that one. Blueberry does not sound like a hot sauce flavor at all to me, but I've seen it in several and need to make my mind up for myself.

We get that reaction a lot at festivals but once people try it they usually really dig it. Its not like a blueberry jam, the berries just give it a wicked seeetness and colour.

#1552189 The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Pepper North on 09 May 2018 - 05:15 PM

Fantastic, we are super stoked to take home another 7 Hot Pepper Awards (that makes 26 over the last 3 years!). Happy to see our Blueberry Plague snag a 1st as well. Congrats to all the winners, cant wait to try some of them out!

#1551495 Most interesting flowers

Posted by Pepper North on 06 May 2018 - 09:09 PM

C. cardenasii from my garden last year