If you start looking online for sauce equipment, you can find anything from small batch hobbyist supplies to big rigs for professional producers. Everything on this site is geared towards the home hobbyist.
These are products that I own and use except where clearly noted. For example, I don’t use a food mill or chinois for my style of sauce but the models shown are routinely recommended on forums and highly reviewed/rated. The seeds and pulps they leave behind work perfectly in concert with a food dehydrator to make spice powders.
Let us know your favorite hot-sauce making & storing equipment!
5 oz. glass hot sauce bottles (“woozy bottles”) – set of 24
8 oz. plastic sauce/woozy bottles – set of 12
12 oz. sauce/woozy bottle with fliptop dispensing caps – set of 12
12 oz. widemouth sauce bottle – set of 12
2 oz. mini bottle for superhots and samples – Vivaplex, 12-pack
8 oz. plastic squeeze squirt bottles for condiments & sauces
Artisan bottle labels
People often ask where to get good bottle label products. Avery has a huge selection and their online templates are easy to use. When you click this product link, you’ll also see many other options for labels.
Woozy bottle shrink sleeves – pack of 30
This might not be necessary but it’s a nice touch.
Neu Master 1500W Heat Gun (for shrink wrapping)
And if you’re going to be adding the shrink wrap tops, you might as well get them on there smooth and tight. This is the best priced top-reviewing model on Amazon.
Apera Instruments pH Pen Testr Kit (Sauce pH Meter)
How else will you know whether your sauce is acidified (safe from dangerous bacteria) and shelf stable?
3-Piece Small Sauce Funnel Set
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 48 oz. Container, Black (Amazon’s Choice)
If you want your sauces to be smooth and make it in and out of your sauce bottles easily, I think it’s worth investing in a blender of this caliber. You can get good results with a less expensive
OXO Food Mill (see discussion in intro for uses)
Farm to Table 3-Piece Stainless Steel Chinois Set
Another method of separating sauce liquid from pulp for thinner, Tabasco-style sauces.
NESCO Pro Food Dehydrator (see discussion in intro for uses)
I have had the older comparable model of this brand for years and it’s great. There are bigger dehydrators but mine is sufficient for my needs)
Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice & Nut Grinder
Cuisinart 3-Piece Set of Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainers
Useful for a variety of situations including straining brine from fermented peppers and separating pulps from liquids
Hamilton-Beach Widemouth Juice Extractor
I’ve had this for years and love it. I’ve tried several different juicers and I think this one gives the biggest bang for your buck. It is an alternative to food mills for extracting a potent thinner sauce out of your pepper ferment, as discussed in the intro.
Hot Sauce! Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauce (with 32 recipes to get you started)