Entered for safe-keeping, when I want the authentic version of this important and frequently used ingredient in Portuguese dishes: I admit that I am more likely to buy this than make this. This came from Ana Patuleia Ortins' "Portuguese Homestyle Cooking". This takes about 4-5 days, and the 2 cups will keep several months in the refrigerator when stored as directed, as the salt acts as a preservative. DO NOT ADD GARLIC to this preserved paste, but instead use fresh garlic recipes that call for pepper paste. Sterilized baby-food jars may also be used.