It’s the perfect week to make caldo in the Borderland


El Paso is resting from the heat as temperatures will drop into the 80s and 70s for the week. We are also getting some much needed (heavy) rain in the border region after a few months without it.

This weather is perfect for some things, like maybe café con pan (Mexican coffee and sweet bread), hot chocolate and even caldo! That’s right, even though it’s summer, it’s a great time to make caldo! A nice caldo de res, or caldo de pollo, damn it, even some albondigas would be perfect in this weather!

If you remember a few years ago El Paso was in the middle of a heat advisory, like every year, and in the middle of a 105 degree day my mom did caldo. Don’t get me wrong, I like myself a little caldo but, read the maid! It was 105 degrees outside and inside the house when my mom made the caldo!

At the time, as I was basing in my own home, I came across this video which showed that I was not the only victim of caldo in the summer, but that all of my fellow Hispanics had experienced it as well.

At the time, I also learned something new. As much as I complained, science says that eating hot soup, depending on the temperature as well as spicy foods, will actually cool your body. According to the Special Broadcasting Service, when you consume hot food or drinks, the heat increases the rate at which you sweat, which can help you cool off.

So due to the wonderful weather we will be having, this is the perfect week to do caldo. Hang out with the big pots, by the way, does anyone else’s mom have the exact same pot when she makes caldo?

Anyway, we made caldo in my house today and it was delicious.

But also, THIS IS THE ONLY WEEK THIS IS ALLOWED! Once those temperatures rise and return to triple digits, caldo is not allowed for the rest of the summer. Save this for October / November!

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