Yesterday was a good day indeed. J. and I met the air conditioning repairmen in the middle of the afternoon to replace the condenser fan motor after a tech earlier in the week said it was overamping and would likely fail soon. With temperatures in the 106 range and getting hotter, that qualifies as an emergency in my book. The good news? They tested it with two different ampmeters and both said it was within normal range. $583 saved and crisis averted! You have no idea how relieved I am.
So that gave us a little more time to devote to slicing up all those tomatoes and jalapenos for our epic salsa-fest. I guesstimate we have somewhere around 8 pounds of tomatoes waiting to be salsafied and canned up. So J. set to work on the chopping while I watered the garden and the chickens. Not a quick chore in all this heat, I can tell you that!
|J. showing off his hot chopping skills and his shiny Wusthof knife. He says you can tell alot about a man's character by the cutlery that he uses. He's such a knife snob.|
Here's the recipe we used and it's been tested and approved for canning. Of course, you can use this for fresh salsa and not can it. But, if you do can, you can make more or less of the salsa - just make sure you keep the ratios exact. Otherwise, it may not can right and could spoil.
Tomato salsa from slicing tomatoes
Yield: 4 to 6 pints
4 cups slicing tomatoes, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 cups green chilies, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 ⁄2 cup jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped (no need to peel; 2 whole)
3/4 cup onions, chopped (1 medium)
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups vinegar (5% acetic acid) or substitute lime juice
1 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
2 tbsp. oregano leaves (optional)
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro (optional).
- Peel and prepare chili peppers. See below for instructions on peeling peppers if you're not sure how to do that.
- To peel tomatoes, dip in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds or until skins split, then dip in cold water and remove skins.
- Core and chop tomatoes.
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Ladle hot salsa into clean, hot pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace from the top of the jar.
- Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed.
- Wipe jar rims and cap with properly pre-treated lids.
- Process in a boiling water canner. (See state elevation map on inside front cover to determine processing time.)
- Process time in a boiling water canner for hot pack pint jar for the appropriate time for your elevation. Generally, this is 15 minutes for 0-1,000 feet or 20 minutes for 1,001-6,000 feet.
- Oven or broiler: Place peppers in a hot oven (400° F) or broiler for 6 to 8 minutes until skins blister.
- Range top: Cover hot gas or electric burner with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers over the burner for several minutes until skins blister. After heating, place peppers in a pan and cover with a damp towel. Allow to steam for 5 to 10 minutes. Slip off skins, discard seeds, and chop.