Saturday, August 29, 2015

No more TEARS....quick lesson on SALSA making..


Onion GOGGLES yes ..... I have shed my last tears ....
Years ago, and I am thinking at least 8-10 years ago
David purchased these for me after seeing too many stains of mascara on my cheeks ...
Ok, now that could have been avoided with not wearing any mascara at all ...
.... but TODAY, it does not matter ....
I still had the packaging for goodness sake ....
get yourself a pair of these or swimmers goggles..would do the same actually ...

So anyway, this is my first tool to making SALSA that is imperative ....


My salsa has all these ingredients ... we prefer the taste of all the fresh veggies
so our salsa is more on the mild side with some added spices and a bit of honey
and cinnamon..YES CINNAMON, I swear that is what makes my salsa such a 
fine combo mixed with these amazing EARTH rich 

red pepppers, 4 large ones
orange peppers 3 large ones
yellow peppers 3 large ones
and some green peppers 2 large ones ...
and very large spanish onions ... (these make me weep, or used to)


finely chop them all, it will fill a 12 quart bowl or pot ...

For this batch I used up 1/2 bushel of PLUM tomatoes ....
I scored the ends with a sharp knife (cut an X on the bottom of the tomatoes)
 and put them in a pot of boiling water
 till they start pulling away from the meat of the tomato ....

Scoop them out and add them to bowl of ice water and the skins will just fall off ...
Chop them in 1/4 chunks ... we like our salsa chunky ..

Add to a very large pot with 3 cups of mixed veggies up above ....

Add some spices, whatever spices you like, I prefer oregano, onion salt, garlic salt, dried tomatoes,
pepper and dried parsley .... 1 cup of honey, 1.5 tsp of cinnamon and 3 small cans
of tomato paste ... this thickens it up perfectly ...
 Mix well and simmer for 30 minutes on the stove ... until nice and thick ..... Then pour into some
sterile jars .. (wash them in the dishwasher and leave them there until ready to pour your hot
salsa into the jars .... sterilize your lids with boiling water ... screw on tops and place in a water bath
completely covered for about 20 minutes .... That is it ...




Can you feel the steam ..... I had 8 half pint jars in there which was my first bath ...
I made three small batches with all the ingredients above ...
I ended up with 20 half pints and 3 quarts from half a bushel ...

Will make the next half a bushel on Tues or Wed, as the other tomatoes need
to ripen up a bit more ...

I always include a small bottle of HEAT with every gift I send, so they can
spice it up a bit more .... But I always say try it first ... it is really amazing salsa ...

We usually end up with about 30 half pints which does us till next year ...

Now we are off to visit some farmers for some more HARVEST .....

Next week it is PIE making ...



42 comments:

  1. Your salsa looks amazing, and I can just imagine the beautiful aroma. We LOVE salsa around here, I must give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for including that! I am excited to see what else you are going to be canning...and I can't wait for PIE week! xx

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    1. well i awoke this morning with a craving for salsa...it still smells so sweet this morning.. called our local orchard...my spys won't be ready till OCTOBER ... so pies will have to wait till then..
      so I will make another batch of salsa a couple more times this week..

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  2. Мммм... Как вкусно! Отличные запасы! А какие нужные очки!

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    1. and yes those glasses are so worth it....I do a lot of chopping of onions in this season

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  3. MMM... Samm, it looks so yummy!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Olga

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    1. wish you could be here for a fiesta Olga

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  4. Onion goggles is too funny but actually make sense. Thank you for iincluding your salsa recipe for it does sound really delicious. I have never liked store purchased salsa. The honey and cinnamon really add interest that I would like. Creative Canning Bliss...

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    1. My point I am not a fan of salsa on the market...always too runny, too much vinegar or just plain sweet.. from way tooo much sugar..

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  5. Those would be great when working with jalopenas also. You wouldn't forget to rub your eye. Man, that smarts....

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    1. ahhh yes they would be perfect for that too

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  6. Recipe sounds amazing. I wish I still had all my canning equipment. I have the jars! Maybe I can make a small batch, and have it in the refrigerator. I love fresh vegetable. So good.......

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    1. you just need a deep pot to be sure your jars are completely covered and some canning tongs....

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  7. I've never heard of honey in salsa but you've got me curious. I shall have to make some. Just need to wait for this dreaded heat wave to be over with first.

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    1. I add the honey towards the end, it just sweetens if just a bit but it is the cinnamon that gives it the wow factor

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  8. Your salsa looks so good! I might have to try the cinnamon and honey. Thanks too for the tips on shelf life and hot water baths. I've done lots of jams and blanched veggies for the freezer and that's about it for my "putting up for the winter" talents :)

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    1. yes water baths is the canning process...it preserves your harvest safely...

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  9. I love that idea and I'm definitely going to get me some goggles for onion chopping time.

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    1. i found mine in a kitchen specialty shop...or contact the co rsvp..

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  10. That looks and sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

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  11. I love the smell of salsa being preserved. That looks so yummy,

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    1. ahh Mary. me too....the smell of any home cooked food is heaven to me

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  12. Is there anything you don't do? :) Your salsa looks delicious. Have fun with your canning.

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    1. Yes there is ...I don't know how to fly a helicopter lol....more canning to come...possibly tues or wed...got to wait for tomatoes to ripen a bit more

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  13. Sounds good :) Not doing much canning around here this summer with the strange summer weather - good idea to go and buy from the local farmers- but our grapes are looking good so there's that, at least.

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    1. It has been such an odd year Kris....and I know you love canning too...I called about my spys. and they said they won't be ready till October....everything seems delayed....some of my tomatoes ripened, but nearly not enough to make anything except for salads....lost most of them as they are as big as my finger....lol

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    2. It has been such an odd year Kris....and I know you love canning too...I called about my spys. and they said they won't be ready till October....everything seems delayed....some of my tomatoes ripened, but nearly not enough to make anything except for salads....lost most of them as they are as big as my finger....lol

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  14. Beautiful salsa Samm - and I'm going to order those onion goggles! I'm dehydrating vegetables this week, one of my favorite things to do. blessings, marlene

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  15. They are so worth it...as I have had that for many years, I used them quite a bit each month....makes for better days in my kitchen when I am not crying lol

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  16. Onion Goggles? Oh how great is that? I sometimes used skiing goggles ...
    Your salsa looks delicious. Oh - one day - when I am retired - I will try all these wonderful receipes!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. ahhh ski goggles, I have not done that, but I have used my swimming ones...but these are more comfortable....and yes when you retire you will wonder how you did anything....I am busier now than when I was working lol

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  17. Yumm.....salsa looks awesome. Of course, I'm all in for pie making!!

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    1. found out that won't be till Oct...apples are slow this season..but I will be ready....I just make apple pies...

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  18. A lot of apples is in fact the only thing we have this summer in our garden, so my mum's very busy making jam :) Samm, your recipe is so tasty! I was so inspired with it that I tryed to can some salsa today, thanks a lot for sharing! Hugs)

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    1. Hello sweet....ahhh glad you tried it....it is a nice mellow salsa...but you never forget it when you try it...well done!

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  19. Like the looks of your salsa. Yum

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