Last night I finally did it. I took the 2 huge bowls of tomatoes that have been sitting on my counter top for 5 or more days and decided I better take care of them.
By taking care of them, I mean making canned salsa. Really, it was why I planted a garden in the first place. I was determined this last spring to learn how to do some canning so I planted things I knew would get used.
Well...that was last spring when I wasn't 7 months pregnant, and it wasn't 95 degrees outside! My non-heat tolerant self was N.O.T in love with the idea so much anymore.
Well, I finally bit the bullet and guess what? It was every bit as much work as I thought it would be! Gah!
It took me 4 long hours to prep and chop all of the vegetables. Then comes the boiling of the salsa, ladleling (sp?) it into the jars and then boiling, again, everything in the cold pack canner.
This is what I ended up with...
Seven pints of homemade salsa.
I did it, it is one hundred percent done.
I'm still trying to clean up my kitchen from the huge mess I made.
If you are interested in self torture with, I admit, some small sense of satisfaction, here's a recipe you might want to try.
It's my mother's who laughed her head off when I called to complain. I swear she can be really
cruel hilarious sometimes. Must be payback for my youth, and the torture I caused?
3 cups chopped onions
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 long green chilies, seeded, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
2 (12oz.) cans tomato paste
2 cups bottled lemon juice
1 T. salt
1 T. sugar
1 T. ground cumin
2 T. oregano leaves
1 tsp. black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Ladle hot into pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner. I sterilize the jars and lids before putting the salsa into them. Then I process in the canner.
20 minutes at 1,001-6000 ft.
15 min. at 0-1000 ft.
25 min. above 6,000 ft.
yield: 7 pints
Well, that's my latest adventure.
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