Friday, August 17, 2012

Fresh "Canned" Salsa

I know. That title doesn't really make sense. But it will in just a bit if you keep reading.

In recent years I started mixing all my salsa ingredients and instead of heating it and then putting it into jars and then heating it again. I mix it, put it into the jars uncooked and water bath it for 20 minutes. It comes through the process looking and tasting a lot fresher than the other way around. I've also experimented with pressure canning it but found the water bath method yields a better over all product. That is just my personal opinion.

I like this method also because it's less time consuming. And I'm always looking for ways to simplify a process.

14 lbs. tomatoes, skinned and de-seeded and squeezed*
2½ lbs. Onions
10 green peppers
5 Habenaro Peppers
10 garlic cloves
10 stems fresh parsley
10 stems fresh Oregano, leaves only
Fresh Cilantro, optional
(I like it better to add this fresh when I open a jar)

Put all of these ingredients through the food processor till they are chopped to your preference.

Then add:
1½ cups Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Cumin
¼ cup fine ground Celtic Sea Salt

Mix well. *There will still be a lot of juice even after squeezing some out by hand. I drain a lot of this off. (And it does still make some juice in the process of cooking it.) I like it better when the salsa is less runny but I don't like the after taste of thickening agents in processed salsa. Fill pint jars up to their necks and beyond a little because it does cook down and settle more than it would if it were heated before being put into jars. Wipe the tops clean and place lid and ring on the jar. Place in a canner and cover with cold water. An inch of water over the top of the jars is good. Heat to a rolling boil and reduce heat to keep it at a gentle boil and process for 20 minutes. Remove from water and allow to cool completely. Wipe jars as needed and remove the rings if desired before storing in a cool, dry place.

Here it is (before canning) served with my all time favorite dip chips.

~Roasted Garlic and Black Bean - YUM!~

Yields 18-20 pints.

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  1. yum, yum! Mine is simmering on the stove as I type. The kitchen smells wonderful! Yours looks beautiful! I love the look of it in the jars!

  2. And I agree about the double cooking making it a little less fresh. I've been cooking it, and then canning the 'green' I only do one cooking, too. It really is fresher that way, I agree.

    Those chips look wonderful!

  3. Martha, Looking for a simple salsa and your method works for me. Wondering how hot it is? This would be for a healthy snack for toddler/preschoolers that like things more on the mild end.

  4. Makes sense to me. I wish I wasn't such a chicken when it comes to canning...would love to have some jars of this salsa come winter.
    Thank you for linking!

  5. This has nothing to do with salsa, but I heard you saw a baby elephant cloud on your way home from the beach. Was it really the same one I saw in Erie on Friday or is there a whole heard roaming around up there?

  6. Totally makes sense about cooking it only once.

  7. Totally makes sense about cooking it only once.