Monday, September 8, 2014

Canning Salsa

The only thing that came out of our garden this year was peas and peppers!
2014 Garden- Failure...

But thankfully, that does not mean I cannot put up some veggies.
I have been able to buy some sweet corn, green beans and a whole bunch of tomatoes from a neighbor, who always has an awesome garden.

Right now, I am up to my elbows in tomatoes.

I had to laugh because my 20 something year old daughter, asked if she could can salsa with me. When she was younger and lived at home, she had no interest ,whatsoever, in anything that was going on in the kitchen. We made jam a few weeks ago, she noted that making salsa is a LOT more work!
It is more work, but worth it.

It took a while to find a "tested" salsa recipe that had the ingredients we wanted to use, but after browsing through quite a few, I decided to use this one from Ball.

Zesty Salsa

10 cups cored, peeled and chopped tomatoes
5  cups seeded and chopped green pepper
5 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped chili peppers (variety can be used)
1 1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 T. finely chopped cilantro
1 T. salt

In a large pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, over medium high heat. (stir frequently)
Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.(stir frequently).

Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, put on lids and bands.
Process in Water Bath for 15 minutes (half pint and pint jars)

I do not like HOT salsa, so I use a lot of banana peppers, a few jalapeno and hot chili's.,
The rest of my family likes HOT so I will use more jalapeno and red chili's in theirs!
My neighbor uses Habenero-no thanks...

If you are new to canning this site has some great information.

Some Salsa making tips
-Use tested recipes
-You can change up the types of peppers used, just not amount used in recipe.
-You can leave the seeds in the peppers if you like the heat.
-Wear rubber gloves when chopping hot peppers (just ask my husband how he knows this )
-Salsa improves in flavor if you let it sit 3-4 weeks before using.
-Add additional ingredients to your salsa before serving.

Here are a few sites that have some different Salsa recipes to choose from.

Well I better get back to work...about three bushels to go!

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  1. Your salsa looks great, Sandra! Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  2. I think you may have forgotten tastes sooooo much better than store bought:) It looks fabulous.
    PS: I am so glad I re-found your blog.
    Happy Monday.

    1. Yes, that is so true!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. One year I tried 4 different recipes, and we had a "salsa" party to taste them all. This year, we found an even tastier one. I do like trying new recipes, and it's hard to please my crowd here. Hubby likes it hot, but we like it medium heat. I think we figured out a way to make everyone happy - freeze jalapenos for Hubby and let him add to it after we open it (ha ha!)

    1. I am the odd man out here, everyone likes hot and I like super mild :)
      I like black beans in mine :) Great idea to add before serving!

  4. Sounds delicious! I hear you on the garden failure, mine was a flop this year too.

  5. Yes, we need to build more garden boxes, the only way I can keep up with weeds.

  6. Salsa is one thing I forgot to make! Yours looks great. Glad you posted it. Now to add it to my tomato list!

    1. salsa goes quick around here.
      :) Happy Canning!

  7. I have made salsa but we have been eating it fast! I have never canned it...just frozen.

  8. I love cilantro in my salsa, but most of my recipes do not call for it. Thanks :)

    1. I just used another recipe that had even more cilantro than this recipe-we love cilantro too.

  9. Oh my this recipe looks so yummy!!!! I would like to invite you to our blog hop and share we would love to have you!


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