I defrosted 2 - gallon bags of crushed tomatoes (from my garden) - the juice separated a bit but I mixed it all together. The recipe called for 8 cups of chopped, peeled, seeded tomatoes so I thought this was a good substitute.
Here is a sample of hot peppers used - most from Farmer Allan but many from my gardening friend Edouard's plants (he was traveling for 2 months and I got to pick what I wanted from his garden) - I wore gloves and seeded these peppers. I was sneezing and coughing by the end!
Pickling spice - a mixture of many things like cinnamon, bay, cardamon, mustard seeds, coriander and other things
Combine in pot, add 2 cups white vinegar. Simmer until peppers are soft, then puree. Back on stove with pickling spices, sugar and more white vinegar. Simmer until thick.
Sean and I opened a jar last night and while it was hot, it wasn't lip numbing. Very very tasty and we ate it on a saute of sausage and kale. Delicious