Tour de Hot Sauce: 50 Days
50 Days, 50 Hot Sauces.
Lining all 50 sauces up really puts things into perspective. I think if anyone looked at these on Day One and said, "Eat em up", it would seem impossible. Luckily I get to just take it one day at a time.
I've done the math, and the total volume comes to 276.1 fluid ounces.
That's 2.15 Gallons (8.16 Liters)
It's been a blast eating a different bottle of hot sauce every day. Just the variety alone has been worth it. There's a small amount of shock value involved, too. I've enjoyed some of the reactions I get from some people. However, any real hot sauce fan out there knows that this is nothing all that special. There are a lot of people out there like me. All of them are doing this on a smaller scale already.
I would say the most difficult part has not been the heat, or the quantity, but just the constant diligence involved in finishing a bottle EVERY day. Wherever I go, whatever I eat, I am carrying a hot sauce bottle and working it into the meal somehow. It's true that I usually did this before anyway. However, if I accidentally forgot a sauce when eating out, I would just curse and then pout while eating a bland meal. Now I drive back to work if I forgot the bottle there. There's no breaks. It's amazing how quickly "tomorrow" gets here when I finish a bottle. I feel like Sisyphus pushing the rock up the hill forever and ever.
I've also started to lose my tolerance to heat. Some of these sauces just aren't that hot, and I'm used to eating hotter things. Usually I still try to add extract sauces in many of my meals, even though I don't mention that every day.
Lastly, I've turned into quite the apocalyptic scavenger. I'm constantly rooting around town, gathering hot sauces to cover the next few days. It's amazing how quickly you can get through a stash when eating one a day. Luckily, I'm in hog heaven right now with about 30 sauces in the queue.
I'm really looking forward to the next 50!
Topics: Hot Sauce, Tour