We’ve posted about the mouth-melting miracle of Sriracha sauce here before — many of us at MAKE can’t get enough of it. Here’s an article from Serious Eats that tests several different recipes and compares them to the commercial sauce. In the end, in sounds like you get a sauce that’s not the same as the stuff in the red rooster bottle, but maybe as good (YMMV) and with a fresher taste.
There’s some fun background info in the piece, too. Like the fact that the name, Sriracha, comes from Si Racha, the city in Thailand from which it originates. And the iconic rooster on the bottle is the astrological sign of the company’s founder David Tran and the company name, Huy Fong, was the name of the freighter Tran came to the US on from Vietnam.
For some flaming Sriricha laughs, check out this comic on The Oatmeal. (Caution: Cartoon F-bomb ahead)
How to Make Sriracha from Scratch
Make Your Own Sriracha Chili Sauce (on CRAFT)
Did you know that there’s a recipe category on Make: Projects? Next time you’re smoking salmon, brewing kombucha, or making your favorite casserole, consider taking step shots and sharing your process.
Josh Burroughs writes:
Duck is a wonderful and versatile meat. This simple recipe for curing and drying the breast meat produces a ham remarkably similar to a good prosciutto but only takes about a week.
While this recipe can be made with grocery-store duck, it’s best when made using pastured duck from a local farm. When left to their own devices farm ducks have a pretty varied diet and will eat a wide variety of grasses, bugs, minnows, etc., in addition to their feed. This not only contributes to the well-being of the duck, it also greatly improves the flavor and texture of the meat. With a simple dry-cure recipe like this that difference is greatly amplified.
Make a handsome Circuit Board Cabinet out of PCBs and some bits of wood.
For those that want to bike when there’s snow on the ground, Chad Schneider shows you how to modify your tires to be more snow-friendly, by adding studs and homemade chains.
Angad Daryani explains how to build a solar boat, based on his experience building one for Indian Institute of Technology’s Techfest, in 2010. At the time, Angad was in 6th grade.