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Spicy exchange / 2022

Hot sauce tastes like metal? This might be why...

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Noticing a metallic taste in hot sauce?

Hot sauce should be spicy, sour, maybe even sweet or fruity... but it SHOULDN'T taste metallic.

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Personal health conditions, including recently having COVID-19, may be the cause of foods tasting metallic.

Health conditions

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Heartburn

Heartburn and acid reflux can cause a metallic flavor, and spicy foods can aggravate heartburn, so that may be what's to blame.

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Nasty and unusual tastes can be a sign from your body and brain that you shouldn't be eating something. Check the expiration date to see if it might be spoiled!

It may be spoiled

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It may have absorbed the metal flavor

If the hot sauce is stored in metal, or if it was cooked in "reactive" cookware, it may have picked up tiny metal molecules.

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Unless you've been able to pinpoint a specific reason your hot sauce tastes metallic, it might be best to toss it! 

What to do if hot sauce tastes metallic

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