Seeds for Tabascos

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Q:  Dear Dave,Do you know a farm that grows tabasco chile peppers?  I have been all over the internet and keep running into dead ends.  –Brian A:  Hello Brian:Tabasco chiles are not grown commercially in the U.S. except for some grown for seed by McIlhenny Company on Avery Island, LA.  However you can find dried tabascos here:  www.melissas.com–Dave

Where to Buy Calabrian Chiles

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Q:  Dear Dave,I recently went to dinner and the chef put Calabrian chiles in our dish. It was the most amazing chile pepper.  They are dried in the sun with salt and then packed in olive oil.  The flavors are amazing.  But I can’t find them to buy.  Please help.–Ron A:  Hello Ron:You can get them from the following: A Taste of …

Vacuum-Packed Hot Sauce

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Q:  Dear Dave,We have a frozen vacuum-packed product.  We would like to include within the previously described product a small portion pack of hot sauce. Will the hot sauce quality be affected?  It is our understanding that frozen vacuum-packed products tend to have longer shelf lives than products packed otherwise.     –Elliott     A:  Hello Elliott:The quality of the hot sauce would …

Private Labeling

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Q: Hi Dave,I visited your "Ask Dave" section and found some good help on starting a hot sauce business.  However, the idea I have for a hot sauce is built more around the novelty of my product name, than the quality of the sauce.  I’m not really a cook, and am hoping to locate some form of generic hot sauce …