The Brew Pot
When I first started making sauce in my kitchen I used the equipment I had available. This included a small cooking pot, a small blender, cutting board, funnels and a baking sheet. These items worked for the time being but as I started increasing my batch size and graduated from the development phase to producing enough to share with friends and family, I decided it was time to move to a different pot.
With the regular stovetop pot that I had been using for experimentation I would have to ladle out the sauce, balance a funnel over my jar and attempt to fill my jars one scoop at a time. As you can imagine, this process was very time consuming and extremely messy. There is nothing worse than spilling your delicious spicy sauce all over the place while trying to can or bottle it! All I wanted to do was make it deliverable to friends and family for tasting!
I did some research and started watching videos of other sauce makers that were in the small batch community and I came across Uncle Mungo who is an Australian sauce producer. If you would like to take a look at his amazing work, pop over to his Instagram here or his web site here. His method was to use a brew pot because it has a temperature gauge on it and a spout, making sauce transfer a breeze!
I decided to go with a 10 gallon brew pot by GasOne because of its excellent ratings and simplicity. There are many different brands out there but I like to write about products that I have personally used because I know they work and I know their quality. You can take a look at different brew pots by GasOne by clicking here.
This pot features a high quality stainless steel body, a built in thermometer and a threaded spout. You can buy attachments for the spout to make transfer of sauce even easier:
These attachments can be switched out depending on what type of bottle filling system you have set up. I personally like to use the "dip tube" because I can easily fill my piston funnel. The barbed attachment would be useful if you fill your bottles using a tubing system.
This setup makes production much faster and reduces waste and mess. Efficiency in the kitchen, whether it is for personal use or commercial use, makes your sauce making life MUCH easier. I encourage anyone who makes sauce for personal use at home or in a commercial kitchen for sales to do your own research and consider upgrading to this product or a similar product to MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!
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