Last night a friend and I were talking about the recent explosion of Paleta Pop Culture and, out of concern, asked me if I was ready to hire out help for the kitchen… maybe let someone else take over the culinary aspect and just focus on the business side? I feel kinda bad because I snapped a defensive ”NO!” at him and forced a change in subject, but of course this is now in the forefront of my mind and I feel the need to (nicely) share why I don’t think I could ever give up control of the kitchen.
My husband would most likely tell you its because I have to have complete control of everything in my life, but this aspect it not because of a default in my personality, but because I really feel that no one will love my paletas the way I do. I’ve spent the past 6 years learning the ins and outs of paleta making. The perfect way to prepare each fruit, the chemistry behind a consistent freezing texture and all the other details that go into making each and every paleta special.
Like fate, I was hit with the answer to my dalema while working in the Kytchen last night. I was making and excessive amount of Nectarine paletas for the markets this week and decided it best to split the batch in half to prevent issues with blender capacity. I selected half of the Nectarines at random to make the first and then the second batch —Mind you, the fruit was selected from the same bushel, purchased on the same day at the same place.— Two batches, made using the same ingredients within minutes of each other, and yet they still turned out with two unique hues.
There are a number of factors that could have effected the color change, exact measurement of water or maybe the time spent whirling around in the blender, but it is a common occurrence in small batch and hand made products like mine.
I may make hundreds of paletas at a time, but I sell them one at a time and each one is special for each person buying it. I take pride in what I do and want that to reflect in every one of my paletas.
Each paleta is unique for a number of reasons: the ingredients, the season, and most importantly, the love put into them. I know its corny, but it really is a factor in each recipe. I personally make each batch by hand, taste testing as I go and adjusting each recipe until it is perfect. As much as you my want to convince me otherwise, no one will ever put the same amount of love, time and care into my paletas as I do.