(((Laurie))) Thank you for this recipe this morning! My guy must have his ESP tuned in because while at the store he asked me to make some salsa for the game and while I didn’t follow your recipe exactly I was happy to have had a fresher to remind me of what ingredients to pick up.
Thanks, Mell, for this recipe! I love your method of removing the skins from the tomatoes. How close to the broiler do you put the tomatoes? I think I had them too far away. Still had to work at getting the skin off. Thank you!
A little browning of the skin on top is desired. When done cover the tray with a cloth or piece of parment paper for about 10 min and those skins can be pulled off very easily. With this method there is less water taken in by the tomatoes inadvertently, making a much richer thicker salsa The juice emitted from the tomatoes during the broil and given up by the tomatoes when they sit, I put ontop of the stove in a pot and reduce the fluid level by at least half. Add this back into the prepared tomatoes (we don’t want to lose any of the natural acidity of the tomatoes in it’s juice). P. S. I use lime juice too! It rocks Guidelines in canning usually recommend lime juice in containers as opposed to fresh as the acidity can vary using the fresh fruits. Be safe and once again congrats!
Last year was the first year my girls and I made salsa. My friend Angie has an awesome recipe that she shared with me and we tweaked it for our own tastes. We made several different batches and added a different level of “hotness” easy refrigerator salsa recipe each one. I’ve noted at the bottom what you can add/subtract to get the spiciness you want.
Hi Judith. So I called my extension office about the safety of adding corn to the salsa recipe. They said not to do it. Corn, black beans, and the like require pressure canning and are not safe for water bath canning. They recommended just mixing some corn into the salsa later when you open up a jar to eat.
Keep your lids hot by keeping them on the stove in a small saucepot filled with simmering water. You can keep the lids simmering until you are ready for them – just do not let the water come to a hard boil, as this could damage the seal. I usually keep the pot with my lids on a back burner so they’re out of the way.
This fun, fresh-tasting salsa from Nancy Whitford of Edwards, New York, is strawberry-sweet with just a hint of bite. “I found the recipe in our local paper years ago. It really adds a punch to fish, chicken or tortilla chips and has wonderful color and eye appeal.”
Have been making salsa for many years,always a different recipe. Mel this recipe is the bomb. You can’t buy salsa this good. Only thing I changed was adding more jalapenos with seeds. Got rave reviews from family and friends. Thank you.
Hi there! This salsa looks wonderful and it might be exactly what my husband is looking for (something less “tomato-y” on his taste buds). I’m wondering though if there is a good way to make a smaller amount to test it out. Would cutting everything in half work or would that alter the taste too much? I’d appreciate any thoughts or wisdom you have to share! 🙂
Well I’m proud to say that that war has finally come to an end. I recently found a recipe in a canning magazine which provided the best of home-canned and store bought salsas. They simply called it, “Chunky Homemade Salsa.” I’ve tweaked it a bit, added a little extra, and renamed it to be more appropriately named, “Best Home Canned Thick and Chunky Salsa.”
Jami I am a new canner and i have been researching the 15 pints of salsa i recently canned. I did not put lemon juice in, I did not measure ingredients and I used fresh cilantro, and parsley, and then I did all this in a water bath. The more research I do, the more I think I might have to dump all this out and try again.
But I agree with you, I can eat brownies for a meal and I’m happy….or lets say I used too…now that I have to watch my chocolate, I couldn’t do it…..I’m looking for some white chocolate brownies…..have a recipe for that ? But I suppose I could just use white chocolate instead of the regular chocolate in the recipe eh ?
I’m paying attention to all these canned salsa recipes. I tried two (similar) recipes this year and I don’t much like either of them. I will eat them, but they’re just not what I wanted. So next year I’ll need a new one to try! (I already have 12 pts. so it is what it is.)
UPDATE: Thanks to Janet in the comments for letting me know steam canners HAVE been approved by a national extension office and the National Center for Home Food Preservation for processing times under 45 minutes (here’s the article).
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I think our recipe was from another blog, but it’s just that carbonated tomatoes thing that I can’t get into. Didn’t really like LF pickles, either. I’m sticking with yogurt for my probiotics, I guess! 🙂 Katie
OMG this is so good!! I made a batch at 7am for a bbq this afternoon and ate half of it for my breakfast, so had to replenish it with another can of tomatoes (only had a can of chopped tomatoes left, which worked fine, plus another pinch of all the other ingredients… Amazing! Only thing I had to change was using garlic powder as I had no fresh, still fine. Used 1 green chili and half a red, no seeds, perfect! And 1/4 tsp sugar, as I’m not a huge fan of sweetness. Thank you so much, this is my go to Salsa now :)) Going to make your hummus now too!
Not only is it delish with tortilla chips but also over scrambled eggs, chicken, fish, grilled veggies, tacos, burrito bowls, mixed into cooked quinoa or beans. Plus now is the time to make this stuff! Homegrown, ripest tomatoes are the best here but if you’re like us and still recovering from cold winter and non-existent spring and homegrown tomatoes are still couple months away, then use any other sort of juicy tomatoes that you can get your hands on.