No tears yet. Cutting onions Patty and Sarah cutting onions for Melissa Medium and Heiny Hot Salsa.   check out this video 🙂 Ann and Sarah cleaning habanero’s     Andy and Pam cutting peppers As soon as Pam and Andy started cutting the kitchen was filled with an unbearable aroma - it was difficult to breath!  Seriously it was.  Some strong jalapenos and habaneros for my salsa.    

It just didn't seem real!  After all this time I am actually going to be making my salsa in a full certified kitchen and not my tiny kitchen at home.
Here is a video clip just before we left my home in Miamisburg for our big production day in Columbus.
 
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Unloading everything at Food Industries Center Unloading at Food Industries Center. Sarah cleanng the zucchini Sarah is cleaning all the Ohio zucchini with Environne Fruit & Vegetable Wash! This was her job at home and now I have her cleaning enough for 60 gallons, she definitely needed the help of my friend Ann!  🙂

Join the conversation and follow my journey about my salsa company and its beginning here in Miamisburg, Ohio. A Bit of A Bite Salsa facebook Page I'd love to get to know you and for you to follow the progress of my home grown company. It's so exciting to have supportive friends and family and it is so challenging to learn all the things that I need to know in order to grow this business.

  Thank you Where do I begin… thank you Salsa Team!  Sarah, Andy, Patty, Peter, Ann, Pam and Plant Manager Paul! How do you make 516 pints of salsa? Cleaning, measuring, chopping, tasting, stirring, tasting, scooping, oops a jar crashed, tasting,  pouring, oops spilled salsa, screwing (lids on silly), inverting, labeling, boxing, hauling, storing, home, showering, eating, BED. Ahhhh a good day in the life of a Salsa Team!  
                 Life is for loving, and eating my salsa!   Peg
 
 
 
 
 

Production Day at Last! Woke up this morning at 5am.  Did a half hour of Yoga to wake up!  Made Sarah and Andy a breakfast of champions - after all they are young adults and I made them get up early to come and help me with production!  OMG today is my first day of salsa production at Food Industries Center in Columbus. History in the Making! I have a wonderful team assisting me on this eventful day in the history of A Bit of a Bite Salsa Company! Got to go we are leaving soon so send good vibes my way!  I will have pictures and product today! Stay tuned! "Life is for loving and eating my salsa!" Peg

A family favorite! Ingredients: 1 T extra virgin olive oil 1 onion chopped 16 oz. organic refried beans ½ cup A Bit of a Bite Salsa—any flavor cilantro chopped—as much as you like ½ T oregano (dried or fresh) 1 minced garlic clove 1 small can of green chilies or 4 oz. fresh 1 small can of sliced black olives (optional)   How do I make it? Put oil in pan, sauté onion till translucent. Stir in beans, A Bit of a Bite Salsa, cilantro, oregano, garlic and chilies. Layer tortillas in a casserole dish. Pour bean mixture and then top with more tortillas. Pour the cheese sauce over everything.   Cheese sauce 1 ¼ cup of milk (I use soy, rice or goat), 2 T flour 1 ½ cup soft cheese (Monterey Jack or Goat). Slowly heat milk in a pan, gradually add flour. Mix until beginning to thicken. Add cheese and stir until creamy.  Pour over bean dish, sprinkle with grated cheese and black olives.   Then what do I do? Cook uncovered at 400 degrees for about 18-20 minutes.  Let it sit for a bit before you enjoy!

Yes, I'm still getting great recipes from my Mom! One night, I was talking to my Mom on the phone and she told me what she made my Dad for supper. It was a pizza with my salsa.  I said “What? A pizza with my salsa? How did you make it?”  She said, “Your salsa has everything you need!”  Here is her recipe. It is easy and delicious! Hope you like it too.  

Mom’s Pizza

 

Ingredients:

Tortilla wraps—any size, any flavor A Bit of a Bit Salsa—any flavor Turkey pepperoni (optional) Black olives (optional) Cheese of your liking (I prefer goat cheese, but Mom likes WI Monetery Jack cheese)   How do I make it? Take a wrap and spread A Bit of a Bite Salsa on top. Add turkey pepperoni, sprinkle with olives and spread cheese on top of everything.   Then what do I do? Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place tortilla on a pizza stone or pizza pan and bake until brown.  Yummy!   Thanks, Mom. xo
 

I decided to become an entrepreneur On August 31, 2010, I walked into the SCORE office in downtown Dayton, OH and met with Bill and Bob. (I now warmly refer to them as my mentors.) True believers Before I opened my portfolio with all my questions and topics to discuss, I uttered, "You first must try my salsa!" I opened a bag of chips and a jar of my Melissa Medium Salsa.  I was thinking...how can they help me start a salsa business if they don't like my salsa?  Bob eagerly opened the jar as Bill waited for his turn, and I anxiously watched for a sign. Did they did like it?  Let's just say that during our meeting, while I was doing most of the talking they were doing most of the munching!   I thought, "So I guess we will be working together!" No more 2 gallon batches My quest to market my salsa has been going on for almost a year now. In a few weeks, I will be making A LOT of salsa. No more 2 gallon batches in my kitchen at home. I am going to be making A Bit of a Bite Salsa at an incubator kitchen in Columbus called the Food Industries Center.  I was all set and had a date of July 12, however, another small hurdle on my journey has pushed me back a few weeks. Sooooo, I’ll keep you posted. When I know, you will be the first to hear about it! "Life is for loving and eating my salsa!" Peg