One of my garden resolutions this year was to have a better preservation plan so when we have piles of perishable produce (say that 5 times fast) that it would not go to waste.
So when the tomato plant started producing, I was ready with some salsa making activities. Kim at Newly Woodwards almost convinced to start with pizza sauce with pictures of her canning yumminess, but since I also had tons of peppers, we decided salsa was the best bet.
I went to the library and checked out some great canning books. I find my salsa recipe in this one.
Actually it had tons a great recipes (salsa and otherwise) and I picked out Zesty Salsa to start with. No particular reason besides it sounded good and honestly it was the one that utilized the most of the types of pepper we had in the garden.
Here what went into it-
10 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes
5 cups chopped seeded bell peppers
5 cups chopped onions
2 1/2 cups chopped seeded chili peppers (we used jalapeno)
1 1/4 cups cidar vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Everything came from our garden except garlic, cidar vinegar, and cilantro that met an early end this year.
Well this picture shows 4 and a half but that was just because it was so good that we had to sample some. Trust me there were five.
And being lazy I decided not to can them and just stick them in the freezer. I had bought freezer safe glass jars and I figured that we could eat it by the time 6 months had passed.
Well it was amazing, because three days later only two jars remained in the freezer. But before you think we are total salsa pigs, let me tell you that I did give a jar to our neighbors.
Luckily we had a lot more tomatoes (and a random cantaloupe but ignore that part)….
And plenty more peppers so we made a second full batch this time. And since Derek was helping the jalapeno has a bit more kick.
So we now have 9 pint jars in the freezer and giant tupperware of yumminess in the fridge. Hopefully that will last much longer this time, because the next round of tomatoes is destined for pizza sauce. But just writing this post has me crazing some more and heading to the fridge so that might still be up in the air……