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Feb 9, 2011 07:12 PM

Must Have Condiment in Vehicle?

No car, truck or bicycle I've ever owned leaves the driveway without at least one kind of Hot Sauce secreted somewhere.

Of late it's a custom blend of Thai Sweet Chile Sauce w/Bajan Mustard but I've been known to be partial to Grace Caribbean Style Hot Pepper-a tad generic but cheap and effective not to mention slim 'n stashable.

Y tu?

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  1. In the car it's El Yucateco salsa Kutbil-ik de chile habanero or just xxx for short. Small bottle but great stuff. and if you like the Grace try to find Matouk's from Trinidad. There are now 5 flavors but stick with the hot pepper sauce which has been a TT staple for over 50 years.

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    1. re: Duppie

      Another hot sauce of some sort in the car vote. And another vote for Matouk's.

      1. re: Duppie

        I love the El Yucateco XXX. Lots of heat, and it's cheap.

      2. Carry my own salt-Slovenian Fleur de Sel; my own pepper-Wynant tellicherry from near Mumbai;
        as well as a few utensils and ivory chopsticks in each of my vehicles.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          I concur. We have the "Travel bag" which has every thing from decent mustard to wine glasses.

        2. usually I keep ketchup, napkins and plastic-ware in the trunk of my car. But since I'm buying a new SUV and planning a heavy duty road-trip up to Quebec, the Maritimes and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, I intend to permanently install a 63 Qt EdgeStar refrigerator/freezer. I'm also throwing in a Lodge Hibachi. All of which should hold and go with my Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce, Huy Fong - Sriracha Chili Sauce and Heinz Organic ketchup quite well.

          1. Ditto hot sauce, usually one of the Louisiana ones, like Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal, or Tabasco. All through the fall, winter, and spring this is no problem, but during the Florida summer, I am reluctant to leave hot sauce in the car routinely, exposed to 120 or 130 degree temperatures inside the car.

            Also, I carry a small bottle of soy sauce, usually Kikkoman, for take-away Chinese, a frequent lunch item. The soy sauce packets that they give you in the Chinese restaurants are made entirely without soy, substituting hydrolyzed vegetable protein and wheat.

            1. I don't carry any of these things. It never occurred to me. I guess I just don't eat in the car.

              But my desk at work always has Chipotle Tabasco, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and plain mustard.

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              1. re: Pylon

                I'm with you. No eating allowed in my car although the travel bag in the trunk idea intrigues me.

                But my desk at work has a nice assortment of condiments: kosher salt and a pepper grinder; oil and vinegar; cinnamon; soy sauce; white pepper. And mayo, black bean sauce, and dijon in the work fridge.

                1. re: tcamp

                  We have been carrying a travel bag in the trunk {weather permitting of course} for years because of all the road trips we take.
                  I picked up a large sturdy canvas bag from LL Bean on sale and in it packed a 5x12 wooden cutting board with attached knife I got at Ikea for $1.00,a 3 cup French press with decent vacuum packed coffee, sugar and powdered creamer,roll of paper towels with some zip lock bags stuffed down the tube because you never know when you'll need to pack ice to preserve your smuggled goods.Plastic wine glasses,cork screw,sea salt and pepper grinders,travel bottles of soy sauce, HP sauce,fish sauce,mustard,hot sauce,sriracha,vinegar infused with garlic, thyme and peppers{ The wife is Filipino and nothing is better with steamed crabs} 2 linen napkins, wet naps,plastic forks , spoons and knives,small sponge and dish washing liquid, ketchup packets and a hip flask of decent Cognac.
                  The best part is that we are always adding and subtracting depending where we are going but in a pinch you know that you always have the basics in the trunk.