Hello Kickstarter! Meet DOSE, a new way to experience the true flavor of the world’s most amazing chili peppers. So much more versatile than regular hot sauce, DOSE can elevate your favorite cocktail, beverage or dish with just a few drops—so you can experience the potent, pure flavor of these amazing chili peppers grown at our farm and exclusively available through this Kickstarter.
Holiday Shipping: The first 250 backers will have their reward shipped in time for the holidays, and we have a special tier for repeat backers!
What is DOSE?
DOSE is a new way to hot sauce. In addition to adding DOSE to your favorite foods, you can also elevate any beverage with the pepper power of DOSE.
Just a few drops added to your favorite beer, taco, or chili transcends an ordinary dish or beverage into a Carolina Reaper beer, or an aji limon cocktail—or, you can enjoy DOSE straight up for a mid-afternoon pick me up, or to help build your tolerance, one drop at a time.
Each bottle features single strain varieties of rare chili pepper grown at our farm in Kutztown, PA. DOSE is made from pure peppers so you can experience the full flavor and nutritional benefits of the world’s hottest and more flavorful peppers. Each bottle is handcrafted by us, and packed with only single strain varieties–so you can experience the next best thing to eating a pepper straight from the field.
Unlike other hot sauces that are filled with tons of vinegar, or thick ingredients like carrots and onions, DOSE is a pure pepper extract that doesn’t change the flavor of your food, but infuses it with the pure flavor of each individual chili pepper. And, according to recent studies, microdosing chili peppers may even boost your mood (see below!).
What inspired DOSE?
DOSE was inspired straight from our field at Kutztown, PA after a day of tasting the first peppers of the season. There really is nothing like eating a fresh aji limon, ghost, or reaper pepper picked right off the plant–and I wanted to bring that experience to the masses. We already bring the farmer’s market experience to pepper lovers all over the country through our hot pepper CSA, but I thought, wouldn’t it be great if a sauce actually tasted just like the pepper it’s named after? And, also gave you that same rush that you get when you bite into a hot pepper…so, I started experimenting with creating the purest pepper extract I could, using our just-picked peppers from our field—and DOSE was born. Each bottle is 7.5 ML and has 300 drops—and each dropper bottle is a convenient travel size, so you can take them anywhere.
The Health Benefits of Peppers (Go Science!)
After I had the idea for DOSE, I was curious to see if it was done before…and since this extract is so potent, I thought it would be good to microdose, one drop at a time…so I Googled that too, and low and behold, science actually backed me up! Here’s a study that talks about how microdosing capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers, can elevate your mood. And then, I found another study that had a similar finding but specifically mentioned tolerable doses of chili peppers…Even just a drop of DOSE gives you the benefits of these peppers–without killing your taste buds.
DOSE: Four Unique Single Strain Varieties
I feel so lucky to have access to the rarest, spiciest, and most flavorful peppers in the world at our farm, so I selected my favorite 4 peppers as our first DOSE flavors.
DOSE Aji Limon: A Mild Hot Peruvian Pepper
The aji limon had a cult following at our farmer’s market stands in New York City, and I can see why—this Peruvian pepper had an amazing citrus flavor, with a medium heat with a ceiling–it gives you a good kick, but won’t overpower your taste buds.
DOSE Caribbean Red: Not Your Average Habanero
The Caribbean Red is twice as hot as your average habanero, coming in at about 350,000 Scoville units, with a super fruity and addictive flavor and heat. It’s fantastic added to your favorite beer, cocktail, soup, or just straight up to help wake you up.
DOSE Carolina Reaper: A Surprisingly Sweet Superhot
Developed to be one of the hottest and sweetest peppers in the world by Ed Curry, the Carolina Reaper has an amazing flavor and a heat delay that once it kicks in, packs a serious punch with feel-good vibes and heat. Just a drop or two powers up your favorite beer, kombucha, or even latte. Reapers have a Scoville rating of up to 2.2 Million! But with DOSE, you can experience the true flavor with just a drop or two.
DOSE FIRE CIDER with JIGSAW Pepper: A Potent Powerhouse
This pepper was totally new to me until this year, and has quickly become a favorite. Bred to be even hotter than the Reaper, it has a deliciously hot smoky flavor that pairs well with organic raw pure apple cider to make a potent fire cider tonic that will power you up. Rumor has it that this pepper is even hotter on the Scoville Scale than the Reaper!
About our Certified Naturally Grown Peppers:
At Homesweet Homegrown, we use only biodynamic growing methods to encourage robust soil microbes, for the healthiest soil and pepper plants possible. That means we use zero pesticides, zero fertilizers and no chemicals of any kind. We choose cover crops over chemicals to keep our plants healthy and happy. We also have our Certified Naturally Grown Certification to make it even more official.
And, we grow everything at a beautiful 3 acre field in Kutztown, PA. When it comes time to harvest, we invite members of the community to come pick peppers with us, for a fair by-the-bushel rate that means some people make up to $10 to $30 hour picking peppers, and some families pick together to save up for holiday cash! We have a team of amazing musicians, teachers, students, stay-at-home parents, activists, veterans and other amazing folks who have helped every year since we started in 2013, and all of these good vibes are passed onto you guys through our farm-to-bottle hot sauces.
Homesweet Homegrown was started by Robyn Jasko and Paul David, two folks dedicated to bringing organic, farm-to-bottle hot sauces to people everywhere. After getting our start on Kickstarter in 2013, we have launched our sauces in farmer’s Markets in NYC, and are currently in more than 150 stores including Whole Foods, Giant, Mom’s Organic Market, and many others. We are excited to bring DOSE exclusively to Kickstarter to celebrate our roots. These sauces will not be available in stores, or even on our website. Thanks again for checking us out!
The peppers for DOSE have already been grown, and we have tested this product out—so I’m very confident we will be able to make our shipping dates. Also, we now have a commercial kitchen, so there’s nothing stopping us!
But that said, we are handcrafting each bottle and packing these with our crew—I still do not foresee any delays, but will send frequent updates letting our backers know we are on track! We will offer complete transparency throughout the entire process.