Saturday, August 31, 2013

Canning Salsa

After Dinner Dave and I canned 12 pints of salsa.  This was the first time we had ever made salsa and it was a bit runny!  We didn't strain the chopped tomatoes.  But it still tasted yummy!!!

Here is the recipe I used this time from HGTV Gardens...  I doubled this...  And don't forget to strain the chopped tomatoes...

Canning Salsa

8 cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 cup bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice

Blanch your tomatoes in boiling water just long enough that their skins start to crack and slightly peel.  Then immediately put them in ice water.  Remove the skins.

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pot and bring to boil at medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes.

Ladle salsa into sterile pint jars, leaving 1/2” headspace.

Seal jars with bands and lids and process 15 minutes in water bath.

(Note: if you want it a little thicker you can add some tomato paste)

A week later we  made more salsa (well, I chopped the tomatoes and strained them, put them in the fridge over night, then the next day I was sick so Dave finished the salsa) and we 1.5 times the recipe above and 1 times this recipe (so we combined the 2 recipes)...

10 Cups Tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 1/2 Cups Hot peppers
5 Cups bell peppers
5 Cups onion, chopped (I put some red onion in)
3 cloves of garlic
2 TBL parsley, chopped (original calls for cilantro, but I don't like it, so I used parsley)
1 TBL sea salt
1 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar

Dave got 13 pints and 3 quarts out of the second batch we made.

We 1.5 times the first recipe because it was based on how much chopped tomatoes we had after we strained them again, after sitting in fridge over night.  Dave decided he strained the tomatoes a little too much.  This batch was a lot less juicy!  Again it is still very yummy!!!!!!!  But next time we'll do a happy medium between the first and second batch, 3rd times a charm, right?  Either way though, it's very yummy!!!!!

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