I found three great hot sauces for the cost of one bottle of original flavor Tabasco just a few aisles away from scented candles, socks and car accessories. If you are anything like me, you would not expect such an odd mashup of products at the supermarket, but this is not where I found these lovely sauces.
I added to my hot sauce collection straight from my local dollar store.
For obvious reasons, most of us think of our local grocery store when seeking out hot sauce. It’s the most logical location to grab flavor from, as it is an emporium of food. Yet there are great places off the beaten path that have a lot to offer. And I would not have found out about the dollar store sauces had it not been for my Grandfather.
There are two things you will want to do prior to taking your hot sauce to the checkout counter are:
- Check for an expiration date – these items are usually sold to discount stores within expiration, but shelf life on hot sauce can definitely turn the taste if it’s old
- Check for changes in color – particularly, if you see a hot sauce that you know from previous purchases at your local grocery store is bright red but looks brown at the discount store, it’s probably best to leave it
You might not find Tabasco on the shelve, but a few creatively-named bottles will be a fun conversation piece when brought to the table for your next meal.