Q and A: Canning salsa, Root cellar, and Heirloom beans — 4 Comments

  1. May I add something for the safety room? (in case of a tornado).
    Have a small box with copies of important papers, ie: birth cert., license, bank information, etc….It won’t take up much room, and sure would be helpful to have, in case of emergency.
    You could even put this information in the same tote as your blankets.
    “be prepared”!

  2. Jackie,

    Can you have a root cellar in a desert environment ? I live in southern AZ. We are very low humidity but pretty high temps.

    I appreciate you sharing your vast knowledge. What must seem second nature to you is often surprising to me!

    Ralph in AZ

  3. Mary D,

    Chili paste can be found in the Mexican or Oriental section of WalMart and other big stores. It can also be found in Oriental shops. It’s made by roasting and grinding red chiles, then adding vinegar and spices. Chili sauce doesn”t even come close to the mellow flavor of true chile paste. While it IS hot, it gives wonderful flavor to many dishes without making them hot,when used in moderation. A jar lasts a long time in the fridge.

    I always have it on hand. My favorite is Sambal Olek. without garlic.


  4. Hi Jackie,
    I am planning on making your Sloppy Joe Sauce. In the recipe it states to use 1 teaspoon of chili paste. I do not know what chili paste is, please explain what it is… you buy it already made or is the chili paste homemade?

    Is it the same as Heinz Chili Sauce?

    I bought the dried New Mexico chiles to soak in water to soften just in case that is what was used.
    I will be making this recipe up this Sat.
    Thank you in advance. Mary D.