This may or may not sound a bit strange. I had a customer come in to the store today and commented."By leaving an unopened bottle of hot sauce in the sun for a week, you’ll have a better tasting product than when first purchased. This will give the hot sauce a more intense flavor." Now my question is this: Is that true?
Ken Martinez in Hawaii
I have never heard of this and wonder if it could be true and what would cause it? Ultraviolet light? Additional heat from the sun? I propose that you do a test. Take two bottles of the same hot sauce and keep one on the shelf as a control. Place the other in the sun for a week. Then open both bottles and do a taste test. Let me know what you find out!
Harald (fiery-foods.com Webmaster/designer) adds:
Ken, I’d store all sauces out of the sunlight, as UV and heat might promote spoilage. Especially the fruity (yellow) ones tend to discolorize or turn brown if exposed to too much sunlight. That’s why I’d always recommend a cool dark storage place.