I think canning is pretty easy, my neighbor taught me how to make and can strawberry jam years ago. She doesn’t use the boiling water method and neither do I. If you’re not comfortable with that, follow your canning instructions for a water bath. More on that later.
My favorite “fresh” salsa is The Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Salsa. My husband would like me to make it three times a month so we never run out. I just make sure I buy Muir Glen whole tomatoes so it tastes good every time.
In theory, yes – BUT – there’s no way to test the finished product and confirm that it will heat evenly to ensure safe processing. You’re adding chunky,starchy bits that are likely to make the salsa thicker. Thick product slows down heat transfer. This may mean that the processing time needs to be increased to make sure that it heats all the way through, or it could push it to the point where it would not be recommended for home pressure canning, like pumpkin butter. (It’s safe to can pumpkin chunks, but it is not safe to can pumpkin butter.)
I made it tonight…tried some off the spoon ….pretty tasty…I added some Serrano peppers and more jalapeños to make it more spicy…hands are burning but my mouth is watering….thanks…used tomatoes from my garden
I *JUST* put this together in my food processor and tasted it–amazing! I used fire roasted tomatoes w/ green chilis (instead of Rotel) and a large shallot (instead of small onion) since that’s what I had on hand, FYI. It is reminiscent of the salsa at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant in my hometown–not watery, not chunky, and wonderfully fresh. I can’t wait to try it after the flavors marry for a few hours in the fridge–I hope it lasts that long!
When I used a combination of Roma/paste tomatoes and everyday garden tomatoes (don’t know the exact variety, but in this batch, Romas probably made up about 1/3 of the total amount of tomatoes), I needed almost six pounds of tomatoes to equal 2 1/2 cups of drained tomatoes. That’s because my non-paste tomatoes have a ton of liquid that drains off. Today, I measured 2 pounds of JUST paste tomatoes (about 12-14 small to medium Romas from my garden) and after taking the skins off, crushing lightly and letting qdoba green salsa recipe I had a little over 1 cup of drained tomatoes to use for this salsa. I do tend to err on the side of over-draining, as an FYI.
I made this today and it was my first time making salsa to can. Did not have 8 lbs. of ripe toms so settled for 5, some were not fully ripe and I did add some tomatillos. I took the time to drain some of the fluid off and the results was nice firm tomatoes. Didn’t take the time to skin them either and they cooked up fine and did not in any way detract from the texture or taste. I love lime so, while I did use fresh lime juice from limes, I also added a bit of concentrated lime powder to give it a kick without adding fluid. I didn’t cook it for as long as suggested as it seemed to cook fairly quickly and I didn’t wanted it to be too mushy. Final touch was a bit more cilantro. Since I had hot chill peppers and jalapeño peppers from my garden I didn’t stint with those either…… it is fantastic. Thank you Jothan for providing such a great recipe that I could tweak to our tastes.
I absolutely LOVE your blog!!!! And now that we’ve been ‘gifted’ a home (we pay back taxes), I think I”ll be referring to it every day for the next year reviewing all your DIY stuff again!!! It was built in 1916 and no updates since then. Thankfully, but oh my!!! And it was vandalized some… so yes, we have our work cut out for us! 🙂
Good, simple recipe that works well. Watch out for the salt content: add just a little then more if you need it. The recipe leaves you with a lot of liquid – it might be a good idea to pour off some before serving.
2 cups bottled lemon or lime juice or lemon juice (see this page for an explanation) (if you are using a mix, be sure to follow their recipe; the packet mixes often use vinegar instead of lemon juice). See this study comparing all 3.
I haven’t tried it so I’m not sure. Of course he flavor will be different but the real key is to check to see about the pH level and food safety. You might try googling to find out. Do you hate the peeling part? I used to hate processing tomatoes, too, until I started broiling them to remove the skins. So much easier than boiling.