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What leaks out of Sriracha bottles?

I store my Sriracha in a cupboard and not inside the fridge. It leaks out a transparent ooze which drips down and coats the bottle, sort of like honey. (I obviously store it upright.) Anyone know what this substance is, which must be some component of the sauce which has separated out? Some kind of thickener/gum?

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  1. Grasshopper.............. It is the dominant chi that has become one with it's environment and has given it's essence to the unworthy air that surrounds it's space.................
    Don't stress, the bottle is releasing the fermented gases from the pepper/vinegar mix., and it drools down the bottle as a clear , viscus residue.No harm and some people claim the final product actually taste better.

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      1. re: currymouth

        oh that's interesting. I always thought I was messy and spilled something like honey on the outside of the sriracha bottle.

        1. re: bw2082

          Ahhh......... but we are not talking about just any pedestrian condiment here. I like to think of Sriracha as the Kung Fu of condiments, wise aloof,blended with many cultures, and adding a kick to whatever it encounters. What's a little "essence of Sriracha" in return for the many ways it has enriched our otherwise bland lives.

        2. re: currymouth

          An essential and groovy refinement. As the sriracha sweats so do those who consume it.

        3. We keep ours in the fridge and it has never done that. Once in a while pressure builds up and when I open it, some sauce will spit out. Perhaps the warmer climate of your cupboard is causing certain gases to expand within the bottle, resulting in leakage. (Yes, it has Xanthan Gum).

          1. if it was already opened best to store it in the frig unless the bottle says otherwise
            i have a bottle of this in the pantry but it is unopened and i havent seen it for months

            it must be back there somewhere :)

            1. Doesn't happen to me, and I keep mine on the shelf.

              1. Happens to me all the time, I have no idea what it is but I keep eating it.

                1. no problems in my fridge with Sriracha, but under everything else.....?

                  1. Where does everyone live? ( Well, not everyone, but you know....) I'm in the SF bay area and this has never happened to mine in the cupboard. Maybe humidity or temperature extremes? Just a thought.

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                    1. re: adamshoe

                      Maybe it only happens with corn plastic bottles.

                      1. re: adamshoe

                        The bottles I keep at home stays near the stove{You don't need to refridgerate after opening} and does not bleed, however the bottle I keep at work and in the car bleed consistently as well as every bottle I have encountered in Asia. So it has to be a factor of heat and humidity.

                        1. re: currymouth

                          I kept one at work in the fridge (help yourself is my motto) but either someone was stealing it or the cleaning crew was tossing it so it went in the desk (hillbilly weirdos that found mustard too spicy) - also thought I was being sloppy with the ooze.

                          but in your car? you, currymouth, are hardcore.

                          1. re: hill food

                            Actually Mrs Hardcore has one in her car also.

                      2. The weird thing is that this has happened to every bottle I've had in the past year or so (and I usually have 3 going at once-home, car, and work office). I've been buying the stuff since the late 80s and this never used to happen. The residue is pretty sticky and gets on everything.

                        1. I like to think of it as the "Angel's Share." ;-)