Monday, May 14, 2012

Canning Kathy's Salsa

This is the best I have made so far-love the lime juice in this instead of the vinegar the recipe is a keeper!!

I just was not happy with my salsa last year, it was a recipe I had used before but I just wasn't happy with the results. I didn't like the vinegar taste in it, and last year the tomatoes had no flavor-which was a big part of it too.

I searched online for another recipe, and found this one-uses lime juice instead of the vinegar-so much better tasting (note have to put an acid in each jar when canning salsa by water bath method)

I will post the actual recipe with my changes

4 quarts of diced plum tomatoes-seeds removed, I like to leave the skins on if nice

3 large onions red are good--I used yellow onions
2 heads of garlic--I used 2 large cloves of garlic
1 /2 pound jalapeno chiles
3 large mild green chiles peppers I used 1/2 pound of the hot banana peppers and I used 1 very large green bell pepper

3/4 cups minced cilantro I used 1/2 cup dried cilantro--really liked this
1/8 cup cumin seed ground--this was new for me to add in salsa but I liked it
3 ounces tomato paste--this was new for me too, but I liked this in here-gave depth of flavor to the tomatoes
per pint jar add 3 tablespoons lime juice

Prepare the tomatoes-diced, and then place in strainer over a pot while you prepare rest of ingredients. I didn't get that much liquid in this batch of plums, and I actually needed to add the juice back in as it was too dry-so this depends on how juicy your tomatoes are

Then chop or dice up rest of veggies add all to the pot. add in rest of ingredients and bring to a boil, I let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Have ready your water bath canner, jars and lids, follow home canning procedures.

As you fill each jar-add first the lime juice, and then when I took the tool to get the bubbles out I stirred it a bit.

Process in canner for 20 minutes, you will have two batches.

I am really really happy with the results of this recipe-loved the cilantro and cumin and I especially loved the lime juice.


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