5 Things You Didn't Know abut Tabasco Sauce
At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we love to put Tabasco sauce on just about anything, and it’s not just because Tabasco was born and bred in the great state of Louisiana! The fiery sauce is a pantry staple, but how much do we know about it? Let Razzoo’s fill you in on some Tabasco trivia with 5 things you didn’t know about Tabasco sauce:
1. Tabasco sauce is family-owned and operated.
Tabasco may seem like the by-product of some mega parent company, but think again. Tabasco sauce is produced by the McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana. The company was founded back in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny and has since been passed down through 5 generations. The peppers used in the sauce were once all grown, harvested, and produced into sauce on Avery Island. As the company has grown, seeds from Avery Island have been transplanted to other parts of the world to grow on a grander scale.
2. Tabasco sauce was once sold in cologne bottles.
When Edmund McIlhenny started making sauce, he used old cologne bottles and peddled it to family and friends around town. It would seem no one minded any hints of fragrance left in the bottle, and as demand grew, he just ordered more empty cologne bottles from a company in New Orleans. Today’s bottle style is made to mimic the style of those early cologne bottles.
3. Even Queen Elizabeth II loves Tabasco!
In 2009, McIlhenny Company became one of the only United States companies with a warrant to supply to the royal household, because it would seem even Queen Elizabeth knows the beauty of Tabasco. And hey, if it’s good enough for the Queen, then it’s definitely good enough for us!
4. Special salt for a special sauce.
You see “salt” on the Tabasco ingredient list and think it must just be your run-of-the-mill, cheapest salt available kind of salt, right?! Wrong! The salt in Tabasco is mined from Avery Island itself, making the flavors in Tabasco even more unique. Good luck finding that salt at your local grocer.
5. Tabasco pepper seeds are closely guarded in a bank vault.
No kidding. McIlhenny Co. isn’t messing around with the possibility of natural disaster (they were affected by Hurricane Katrina after all). Each year, McIlhenny harvests the best plants and then dries those pepper seeds as the source of next year’s crop. Those dried peppers are split into two locations for safe storage, one in a top secret, undisclosed location, the other in a bank vault.
In the mood to douse some Cajun food in Tabasco? Head on over to Razzoo’s Cajun Café, where you’ll find the best Cajun food in Texas and Tabasco on every table.