August 24, 2009

Canning Salsa

'Twas a busy weekend, hence the lack of posting. I'm going to break it up into two posts, since I wanted to share my domestic achievement from Saturday and then our fun times.

I spent Saturday morning in the kitchen with my summer canning project--salsa! We go through this condiment so quickly in our household, from quesadillas to Spanish omelettes, so I decided to transform our glut of tomatoes and peppers into salsa.
I canned salsa a few years back, but kept remembering it as a lot of work, so I avoided it. But after making applesauce last fall (which wasn't too difficult), I thought I'd give it another chance. I started around 8:30am and was finished by 11:30am, including kitchen cleanup.

Well, I should actually start the night before: I washed the canning jars and lids,
and prepped the tomatoes. I learned a really great technique for peeling tomatoes from a friend. Just wash them, put them on a baking sheet or a platter, or even in ziplock bags
and stick them in the freezer. The next day, pull them out,
slice an "X" on one end, pop them in a bowl of warm water,
and the skins peel right off.
Here they are, peeled and ready to go.
Plus because the tomatoes are still frozen, it's less messy to chop. The juices don't run all over the cutting board.

I gathered my supplies,
started chopping like a madwoman, and cooked the salsa. I added all colors of peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, corn, black beans, and tomatillos.I should have added more than one jalapeno, because when I tried the salsa today, it was a little bland for my palette. I like stuff spicy! But it still beats store-bought stuff any day.

I made enough salsa (by eyeballing it) to fill all 12 of my Mason jars. The funnel came in handy.
Once the jars were filled, I put on the lids, used the canning jaws of life,
and stuck those babies in the boiling water for 20 minutes to can them.
And this is what you get.
Or should I say this is what you don't get, since I plan to keep all of these to myself. I made the mistake of giving one to everyone I knew last time I made this, and had only 3 jars to enjoy. But maybe if you're nice, you might get a taste, friends and family.


  1. I had never seen that with a tomato before! I am going to try that the next time I am making salsa.

  2. Mmmmm... salsa.. America's number 1 condiment, you know :) Thanks for the tip on peeling the tomatoes - will have to try that next time!

  3. Yummy makes me want to make my own salsa!

  4. Yummy! We were just saying yesterday that I need to make and can some marina. All these tomatoes! It's great, isn't it?
    I think now I want to make salsa instead. Stupid marinara sauce.

  5. Mmmm tasty! I'd definitely make a huge batch just for us :D

  6. I love salsa, especially with eggs! I think I'll can some next time I get a batch of Romas. Good job!

  7. Just stir some hot sauce in each time you open a spice it up.

  8. I wish we lived closer - no one I know knows how to can and living up here in the mountains - Having a good supply of canned food is great for the winter. You make it sound easy - I am pretty sure I can make it harder than it actually is and probably cause someone (me most likely) to get hurt.

  9. wow, i am definitely way too lazy to do that. but homemade salsa does look really really good!

  10. So, if I bring the chips, can I come over?? LOL!

  11. ooh, good tip for peeling! our tomato crop has been dismal this year. hoping for an indian summer bounty...

  12. love that trick to get the skin off! that salsa looks so yummy

  13. Did you just boil them in a pot of water or do you have a "canner"? I've always wanted to do this but have limited supplies. Thanks Angela

  14. Very nice - tummys growlin now :)) Great pictures.


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