Monday, September 8, 2014
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.
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!