Tobacco Factory Tour

By Sheila Peter

Recently during Winter Break RRHS’s Student Council traveled to New Iberia to tour the Tabasco Factory. The factory still stands on the original site of Tabasco’s invention in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny. The company is still owned and operated by his descendants.

The recipe for the amazing sauce hasn’t changed in all those years. The peppers are picked and ground up into a mash the day of harvest and mixed with salt then placed in white oak barrels for up to 3 years. Afterward, the mash is strained then mixed with distilled vinegar for about a month before bottling for shipments worldwide.

On the day of the RRHS students visit, the factory had bottled 188,000 bottles of Tabasco by noon! Pictured: kneeling: Sponsor: Mrs. Sheila Peter, seated L to R: Jaydah Williams, Teanna Eason, Precious Drake, Celena Hardy, Standing L to R: Nya Grant, Isiash Demease, Erica Cason, Hannah Pickett, Ashley Evans, Aaliyah Bradley, Kelcee Bamburg, Savannah Campbell and Cerena Hardy.

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