Daddy Jack’s Salsa is returning to Dillons

Jack and Bev Lee with jars of their Daddy Jack's Salsa.

Jack and Bev Lee with jars of their Daddy Jack’s Salsa.

WICHITA — It’s been a much longer wait than he anticipated, but Jack Lee says his Daddy Jack’s Salsa will be returning to Dillons stores shortly. He thinks it will be back in time for the Super Bowl.

“I’d rather have been there during the holidays, but we didn’t make it,” Lee says.

The salsa has been a fresh-from-the-tub staple at area Dillons deli departments since the late 1990s. Lee and his wife, Bev, would make and deliver it. They’re at retirement age, though, and thinking to the future. Over the summer, Lee told Have You Heard? he needed to make the salsa shelf stable in order for it to carry on.

Kansas City, Kan.-based Original Juan has created jarred versions of the mild and hot Daddy Jack’s Salsa.

“It’s really quite a laboratory,” Lee says.

“We were just extremely happy with the way it came out.”

He’s especially partial to the hot salsa.

“The hot turned out excellent. We were very happy about that.”

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NuWay plans new way to sell its burgers

Chris Stong of NuWay holds one of the chain's a crumbly burgers and the new shipping container that will send the burgers around the country.

WICHITA — As NuWay Facebook (“NuWay Burgers”) followers have already gleefully discovered, the Wichita chain is in the process of preparing to ship its crumbly burgers nationally.

“Most everything is in place,” says director of operations Chris Stong. “We’re hoping to roll this out before Thanksgiving,”

He says there have been a number of tests to see how the plan might work.

First, he and his family ordered other frozen shipped food, such as Omaha Steaks and Chicago deep-dish pizza.

“We were just trying to see how others did it,” Stong says. “We’ve just never had the ability to do it.”

The chain settled on some Styrofoam containers that fit in a box with dry ice, which led to the next test. How do the frozen patties hold up in shipping?

“It seems to work pretty well,” Stong says.

He says the idea for shipping came from customers, who for years have been calling to order frozen patties.

“After several years, we finally go the hint: Hey, people like this.”

So the chain complied.

“All the stores keep a couple dozen available for anybody to come in and buy,” Stong says.

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