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Monday, September 10, 2012

Homemade Salsa


The garden gave me a huge basket of tomatoes, peppers and
jalapenos so I just had to make salsa, right?


I canned using the 'green' method.  No pressure canner, no boiling water,
no hot kitchen!  Just put piping hot salsa into hot sterilized jars (I run
them through the dishwasher on extra hot).  Put on the lids and turn them
upside down.  The heat seals the lids.  Do not disturb for 8 hours.
Yes, it really works just as well as the old way!



I add the salsa to the jars using a slotted spoon so I have all the
liquid left over to make Tortilla Soup. Just add veggies and chicken.
Serve, topped with tortilla chips, shredded cheese and sour cream.
Hot, spicy and delicious!

The salsa recipe changes a bit every year, but it's basically this ~

8 cups tomatoes, chopped
(I do not peel or seed them)
4 c raw sweet corn
4 c green peppers (or any color)
6 medium jalapenos, seeded & minced
3 c sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 c cider vinegar
1 T salt
1 1/2 c sugar
1 T chili powder


This year I added cilantro and cumin.

Yum.


63 comments:

  1. Oh Betsy, you are so ready for FALL. I can smell it all the way to California!!! After making the Black Berry Jam in Oregon...I totally in a canning mood. Your salsa is so pretty in the jars..I would set our a jar to just look pretty on my counter.

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    1. Wanda beat Pat!
      How about that!

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    2. Sorry for my spelling... I was so excited to be first...I was clicking away without watching. HaHa

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    3. Oh, your jam sounds wonderful!

      I have 10 jars of salsa done. I think that's all I'll do and move on to something else for the rest of the tomatoes. :)

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    4. I think the fresh corn is the key to such a beautiful aray of colors. Today my friend at Church gave me a jar of spiced nectarine butter she had made. Wow was it good. She's experimenting with fruit and veggies this year. Glad I get to be one of the "testers"...

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    5. spiced nectarine butter...oh that sounds really good! It sounds like autumn, too!

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    6. Funny you said that, because when her mom tasted it, she said "It just tastes like "Fall" in my mouth. She said it even tasted good on vanilla ice cream. I got my Fall decorations up in the kitchen and living room. Only thing I haven't found is my Pumpkin Soup Tureen. Keep digging in the garage next week.

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  2. First with my burst
    Gloria is really worst

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  3. Surley doesn't look bad
    But who knows what would be had
    Here in my land
    Where food isn't grand
    The chicken though
    That can surely show

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    1. Poor you
      back to the chicken view.
      Yes, this might cause you pain
      from the mexican heat to the nerve in your brain.
      Or was that your neck?
      Oh, what the heck.
      lol.....

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  4. Way to go Betsy!
    I love that you always add the recipe to your posts.
    The 'Green Method' looks like the ONLY way to can.

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    1. I just can't believe how easy and FAST canning is this way. It's amazing. Our grandmothers would have died to have known about it! Oh my.

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    2. Hey, guess what? I had this big bowl of tomatoes on the kitchen counter attracting fruit flies. So, I decided to make salsa today instead of tomorrow. Then I set out your little trick of the piece of banana in a glass with the saran wrap. :) Hopefully by tomorrow they will all enter the banana bar. lol...

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    1. She ruined Pat's night
      Oh what a fright!
      lol...

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    2. Snickers, sinckers.
      I like when he dickers.

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  6. Never any rest for Betsy....
    How about tomorrow...you put your feet up for a while...
    DEAL???

    The salsa looks sensational...by the way...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Well, I am doing something fun tomorrow...visiting a thrift store and then meeting a girlfriend for lunch! :)

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    2. good for you....enjoy your day :o)
      come over and see my post for today...hahaha

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    3. haha...I KNOW! Geesh! This friend I haven't met for lunch in a year! She's a labor and delivery nurse and works nights...and our schedules are complete opposites! Tomorrow works, though, so we are doing it. :)

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  7. what nice make your own dalsa Betsy look lovely:)

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    1. thanks gloria....I love homemade salsa...so good!

      How are you today?

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    2. Fine but so tired we were in Kids school all days yersterday ! Nut I taked spme pictures to you I will send you tomorrow:)

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    3. haha...oh, I can decipher it just fine. :)

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  8. sorry Betsy I arrive late but really dont have idea what time is it; was a busy weekend; yesterday all day in kids school lol

    ps I taked some pictures for you!

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  9. Fresh salsa is THE best! Yours look wonderful. I froze several batches this year myself. Never tried the green method of canning, but it sounds like my kind of canning for sure!

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    1. frozen? now I have never done that! :)

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  10. yum...years ago i got tara a salsa book...we started our own pepper garden shortly after...they did really well in florida...this sounds yummy betsy...

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    1. a salsa book...now that sounds fun! I've made watermelon/peach salsa before and it was awesome!

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  11. Salsa looks yummy! and I noticed you mentioned making greeting cards of some of your drawings. Bravo! They will be beautiful! :)

    I keep telling my sister to do the same with hers but so far I haven't convinced her. :(

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    1. Well tell your sister to do it! haha. I'd love to see some of her art. Does she blog or post it anywhere?

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  12. Oh that looks so totally nice and fresh and yummy!!! Yay! Take care
    x

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    1. It is so good! I've been making this recipe for years....it always turns out wonderful!

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  13. Oh that salsa looks fabulous! I never thought of putting sweet corn in it. I'm sure it makes it yummy!

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    1. The corn is The Mister's favorite part! ha.

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  14. what a wonderful salsa you have made. I love the photographs too. Also this is an original recipe. I love it!

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    1. It is a different recipe...not soupy ...and it's a nice mix of sweet and heat.

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  15. Outstanding use of your fresh treasures!! I LOVE a good salsa!! blessings ~ tanna

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  16. The salsa jars are so festive looking! I see so many blogs canning fruit but this is the first I have seen salsa! I recently made a Tortilla Soup and just loved the flavors. I am in love with cilantro this summer. I love the smell, flavor, appearance. Enjoy your future salsa opening...hope you have some yummy chips!

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    1. I've only canned fruit once....freestone white peach halves. They were beautiful and so tasty. I haven't come across a bushel of peaches that looked quite like that since. But I sure enjoyed the row of jars on my shelf that year!

      The soup is great...and I love cilantro, too! Yum. It's gotten to wear we say...mom's making salse! Oh, good...we'll have tortilla soup! haha.

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  17. Hi Betsy that looks delicious! we are all salsa lovers. It is one of the foods that seems like junk food but is really healthy, except for the chips :)

    My old blog is closing but I am opening a new one and you can see the link to it when you click on my profile.

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    1. OK, Rhonda...I'll find your new blog! Glad you are doing one! :)

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  18. ooo YUM! I'm planning to make salsa for a party I'm having this weekend but its just going to be a little bit. I'll have to remember that canning trick! I hated the hot kitchen when we were canning with mom as kids.

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  19. Looks delicious. And I'm liking the "green" method of canning. Salsa was a wonderful idea to use up the bounty of your garden.

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  20. Your salsa looks beautiful, and I bet it is very tasty. A great way to use your garden's bounty!

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    1. and I love the row of jars on the shelf! :)

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    1. ooh...me, too! haha...I make it a lot. The crust is my favorite part. :)

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  22. DELICIOUS! I have yet to try your green method of canning! I WANT TO!

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  23. Your salsa looks so yummy! It would realy be good for a snack right now : )

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  24. I've got to try this with my last tomatoes from summer! We've been eating them fresh every night but I need to have some of this salsa in my cupboard. Love the green canning method - I've used it too and it does work!

    I love that sunflower farm in your header and Black Velvet above. Mom seems so relaxed :)

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  25. you should take photos for a cooking magazine. these really are lovely--full and rich in colour and nice angles too, Betsy.

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  26. Hi Betsy, just found your recipe. This looks delicious! How long do you cook your salsa before you put it in the jars?

    I love the "green" canning method. I've been doing that for years. So much easier.

    Happy canning.

    Jennifer

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    1. I just made sure it's come up to a good boil then immediately put it into hot jars. I hope you try it. Isn't that green canning method the best? Love that...what a change from the old days!

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