Tabasco sauce

 Tabasco sauce Key facts Made from Tabasco peppers, vinegar and salt then aged in white oak barrels for three years, this is one of the world's best-known sauces. Invented in 1868, the sauce is made by the McIlhenny family in the US, although it's named after a Mexican state. Tabasco sauce is sold in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Hot liquid chillies in a bottle. Perfect if you want to perk something up with just a dash of heat, and also useful when you've added fresh chillies to a recipe and they haven't quite provided the heat you wanted – a few drops will supplement it beautifully.

There are lots of chilli sauces around, but I find Tabasco has the best chilli flavour.

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