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Old 10-29-2013, 11:31 AM  
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Could Sriracha see an untimely demise?

I'm a big fan of sriracha, so this would make me sad...

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smar...ut-down-panic/

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In Irwindale, California, nose-y neighbors, sick of the supposedly strong chili smell emanating from the factory where Sriracha hot sauce is made, want the Huy Fong Foods factory shut down unless the odor can be abated. The city has filed a public nuisance lawsuit, says the Associated Press, “seeking temporary closure of the factory until Huy Fong submits a plan to minimize the smell.” CBS:
“The odors are so strong and offensive as to have caused residents to move outdoor activities indoors and even to vacate their residences temporarily to seek relief from the odors,” according to the suit.
Living next to a food processing plant is always a scented existence, and Huy Fong Foods has denied there’s a problem. But if the injunction goes through, it could spell bad news for hot sauce lovers everywhere.

The factory in Irwindale where Sriracha is now made opened just last year. At 650,000 square feet, says Quartz, the company can pump out up to 7,500 bottles of hot sauce each hour. Huy Fong Foods was started 33 years ago by Vietnamese refugee David Tran, and the company, says Quartz, has never raised its wholesale prices. If the Sriracha factory is shuttered, supply and demand may do what Tran never did. Canada might have a strategic maple syrup reserve, but if Sriracha goes out of production, there’s no emergency warehouse waiting to be tapped.

If the price of Sriracha skyrockets, where will the heat-seeking foodie turn? For the New Yorker, Lauren Collins details how chili sauces have grown into a massive industry.
Chilis have become an attractive business. According to a report by IBISWorld, a market-research firm, hot-sauce production is one of America’s ten fastest-growing industries, along with solar-panel manufacturing and online eyeglass sales.
Unfortunately, it seems, based on Collins’ account, the so-called “chiliheads” driving the hot sauce boom have been in a bid to best each other on one metric alone, Scoville units, a measure of hotness. With manufacturers racing to abandon taste for sheer burn, we can only hope the city of Irwindale and Huy Fong Foods can work out their differences before our bottle is empty.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #121
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I was going to look for this thread the other day. About 4 nights ago, I witnessed a grown man lose his shit on a grocery store employee because there was no Sriracha on the shelf. He was screaming obscenities and was removed from the store by management and a security guard. This was at the HyVee on Englewood and North Oak in the Northland. It was awesome.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:50 AM   #122
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:53 AM   #123
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kind of a vague article. I'd like to know why the 30 day thing? Sriracha isn't fermented is it?
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:56 AM   #124
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kind of a vague article. I'd like to know why the 30 day thing? Sriracha isn't fermented is it?
30 day hold to see if bacteria develop in the product since it is not cooked about a certain temp. I toured a jelly factory once, they had the same thing.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #125
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Sriracha is the tits.

Cholula is where it's at for thin hot sauce. Tapatio works as well.


I use both of these. My children use Valentina (the yellow label, not black) because all my hispanic students told me that's what they were raised on (it's not that hot, good flavor, heavy vinegar base). They said they use it like ketchup from an early age. My kids dig it as well. It's very heavy on the vingear... almost reminds me of Shlotzky's hot sauce (which I love). It's also extremely cheap (which Cholula is not).
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:06 AM   #126
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I use both of these. My children use Valentina (the yellow label, not black) because all my hispanic students told me that's what they were raised on (it's not that hot, good flavor, heavy vinegar base). They said they use it like ketchup from an early age. My kids dig it as well. It's very heavy on the vingear... almost reminds me of Shlotzky's hot sauce (which I love). It's also extremely cheap (which Cholula is not).
valentina is great for a basic hot sauce. no crap in it either.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:13 AM   #127
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Tell me more about this 'Chili Garlic....'

Anyone tried it? I love me some Sriracha but I've never tried their other varieties. I may have to grab some off amazon.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:18 AM   #128
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So, I paid more attention to Trader Joe's sriracha (dragon on the bottle) with some canned tuna just now and it has a definitively sweeter element, but is smokier, yet doesn't quiet pack the punch of Huy Fong. Decent substitute, but I prefer Huy Fong.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:19 AM   #129
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Tell me more about this 'Chili Garlic....'

Anyone tried it? I love me some Sriracha but I've never tried their other varieties. I may have to grab some off amazon.
I just looked and I have a bottle of this in my fridge that I'm afraid expired back in August. It's likely been in there for years. For me, it doesn't have the scope and diversity of sriracha. I only used it for stir fries.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:32 AM   #131
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I wonder what the shelf life if Sriracha is. I might buy a case of it.
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I use both of these. My children use Valentina (the yellow label, not black) because all my hispanic students told me that's what they were raised on (it's not that hot, good flavor, heavy vinegar base). They said they use it like ketchup from an early age. My kids dig it as well. It's very heavy on the vingear... almost reminds me of Shlotzky's hot sauce (which I love). It's also extremely cheap (which Cholula is not).
I use to think that Mexicans favored Tapatio. Then i met my wife and realized that mexicans actually favor Valentina. Every mexican household i've ever been in now....Valentina. Never fails.
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His last name certainly looks Vietnamese, but I didn't see anything indicating his nationality. Point stands either way.
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I was going to look for this thread the other day. About 4 nights ago, I witnessed a grown man lose his shit on a grocery store employee because there was no Sriracha on the shelf. He was screaming obscenities and was removed from the store by management and a security guard. This was at the HyVee on Englewood and North Oak in the Northland. It was awesome.
That's going to be me after my Huy Fong and TJ's bottles run out.
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this stuff was ****ing awesome, got it at Sams a couple of times, then could never find it again

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