Thursday, November 3, 2011

Green Tomato Salsa

Yesterday we awoke to our first frost of the year, and due to that forecast, all the green tomatoes were picked the prior day.

Last year I posted the following recipe for Green Tomato Salsa, but yesterday made a slight modification while making the salsa. Since we only planted Hot Hungarian Wax peppers this year, 8 of those were substituted for the 4 jalapeño and I increased the cilantro a bit.

Canned Green Tomato Salsa from Diana's kitchen

3 TB Extra Virgin olive oil
11 lbs green tomatoes, chopped
3 extra large sweet onions, chopped
3 sweet red peppers, chopped
3 sweet green peppers, chopped
8 Hot Hungarian wax peppers, seeds removed, finely chopped (+/- according to personal taste)
8 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 TB sea salt
1/2 TB black pepper
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
1 tsp Cumin
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 TB raw honey

Add olive oil to an extra large kettle and heat on medium. Add tomatoes, onions, peppers and stir. Add and combine the remainder of the ingredients. Mix well, heat slowly to simmer, and cook uncovered for 25-30 minutes. Stir frequently and be careful so as not to burn the mixture.

Ladle the hot simmering salsa into hot sterilized pint jars (or quarts), and fill to within 1/2 inch from top. Wipe jar rims with a clean cloth. Place sterilized flat lid on the jar and adjust the ring. Place in a boiling water bath; water should cover the lids by about an inch. Bring the water back to boiling and process for 15-20 minutes.

When complete, carefully remove each jar from canner with a jar lifter and place onto a thick towel or mat and in a draft free area. Gently lay a hand towel over the top of the jars, and allow them to cool to room temperature. Do not touch the lids, but allow them to seal over a period of hours (overnight). In the morning check seals, label, date and store in a cool, dry, dark place. Makes 14 pints. PS: if any happen to not seal, put it in the refrigerator, buy some chips and enjoy!

Important Note: If you are just starting out, first read about the basics of home canning. Here is a place to begin, a simple overview, and from the Culinary Arts College, a list of 50 websites for learning self-canning. One of the first things I learned to can as a youngster was how to process tomatoes, a good place to start because of the high acidity. Tools were few, and an inexpensive water bath canner was used.

By the way, we love the salsa, as do our family and friends who have received it as a gift. They say it's the best they have eaten. (wink) I'm not sure it's the best, but that comment will get them more. Don't forget, if you like it with even more heat, simply add a little cayenne and that will kick it up a notch.