9.06.2009

Homemade Chunky Salsa

Smells and tastes so good. We use this for more than just dipping corn chips. I'll add a jar of this to tomato paste for lasagna and to ground beef with spaghetti sauce for over spaghetti. It can be used to doctor up all sorts of different dishes.

We're really lucky that Don's parents have huge vegetable gardens on their 86 acres beef and hay farm (2 hours away). What we don't grow here at home in our yard or at my parents farm (2 minutes away) is supplemented by them. Homemade salsa just tastes so much better than store bought.

CHUNKY SALSA (use plum or Roma tomatoes if possible)

8 quarts tomatoes, diced (you can peel them too if you want, we don't)
1 quart chopped celery
1 quart chopped sweet peppers
1 quart chopped onions
1 quart cider vinegar
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup canning salt (not iodized)
1 tablespoon whole picking spice (tie in a cloth)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper (more for hotter sauce)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy kettle. Bring to a boil; simmer 3 to 3-1/2 hours.
Pour hot sauce into clean, sterilized pint jars. Process in a pressure canner at 10 lbs. pressure for 30 minutes.
YIELD: 14 pints

8 comments:

Marie-Jolie said...

Homemade salsa is my favorite! We didn't have enough tomato crop this year to make our own, but I did manage to come up with a few batches of fresh pico de gallo. I'm a fellow knitter and just swinging by to say hello and leave a little bloggy love. :)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Looks delicious. I always round up our tomatoes and onions to make sauce with and use it throughout the winter as well. A little summer goodness goes a long way in the cold months :)

raining sheep said...

There is absolutely nothing better than homemade salsa. I have never canned but am a lucky recipient of homemade salsa via a wonderful friend who makes lots.

Journeying Five said...

yay! i love homemade salsa! my friend and i just set up our date for a week tomorrow! my kids like it the best! yours look delish!

asti said...

Oh gosh, that looks gorgeous. I love salsa. My poor tomatoes are still hanging green on the plant...we've had barely any sun over the summer. I'm going to get them in and try and ripen them on the windowsill !

t does wool said...

ooh,the recipe!
now,Renee,for some reason I am not able to send out an email to anyone with a hotmail address...something happening over there I think...so thank you for the BD wishes...and I'll draw the name later this week!

Alison Boon said...

Tasty tasty. Sounds so delicious.

barefootrooster said...

this looks incredible. must_acquire_more_tomatoes. YUM.

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