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Sunday, September 18, 2011

september/salsa season

 it is hard to believe now but when i first made this recipe, there was no salsa in the grocery stores. no taco products. not even tortillas. now that was 40+ years ago. my husband had just gotten out of the air force and we were stationed with some friends from Texas. they introduced us to the wonder of 'tacos'...all made from scratch!

this recipe makes 12-15 pints and it takes about 4-5 hours but it is worth the effort and it lasts most of the winter IF one can keep the grands out of it.

recipe ( no measurements critical)
15 cups peeled, chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 heads of garlic, peeled and minced
6 cups of onions
6 cups red peppers, cleaned, chopped and drained
8 jalapeno peppers with seeds removed, chopped fine
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 small cans tomato paste

peel the tomatoes in batches. cover with boiling water for 2 minutes. lift out and place in cold water for the same amount of time. core, peel and cut is small chunks.
 i use the food processor to chop everything but the tomatoes. garlic first while machine is running. onion next on pulse.i also chop the cilantro with the last batch of onions. add all ingredients EXCEPT peppers and tomato paste. bring to a boil and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours.

 meanwhile chop and drain the peppers and open the cans of paste.

my mess
while the  tomatoes, etc. are simmering...stir occaionally and                                                                       run jars through the dishwasher
have lids ready to boil.
when the consistency is to your liking, turn the lids on high
add the peppers and tomato paste and bring to a rolling boil.
fill hot jars, a few at a time leaving 1/2 inch from top
clean edge of jar and place hot lid and secure with the ring...and wait for the ping!

i always keep the jars on the counter for a week or two to make sure that the lids remain indented before they make the trip to the pantry.


a glimpse of the pantry

pear chutney

club sauce


pickles, relish and apple butter

1 comment:

  1. This salsa is the best! I've made the recipe many times! My only addition is swim goggles for the onion chopping part.