I was watching a show on the Food Network about hot sauces. Dave of Dave’s Insanity Sauce was showing how he made his sauce and mentioned hot pepper extract. What is this? Many thanks for your help.
Pepper extract is oleoresin capsicum, the concentrated oil containing high amounts of capsaicin. Hot peppers are dried and pelletized, then treated with hexane, which produces a dark red oily compound–the oleoresin. The hexane is boiled off and then this oleoresin is used to make pepper spray and superhot sauces.