Now that you’ve learned the simplicity of canning both sweet and dill pickles, let’s move on to salsa! Yes, you can learn how to can homemade salsa to enjoy all fall and winter long. Using picked-from-the-vine tomatoes along with other fresh ingredients your salsa will have spectacular flavor. If you did not grow any of the ingredients, visit a local farmer’s market.
Page’s Homemade Salsa
8 quart jars
8 quarts of tomatoes (about 7 pounds of tomatoes)
6 large onions
2 to 3 heads of garlic
1 lb jalapeno peppers
2 ½ cups minced cilantro
¼ cup cumin seed, ground
1 5 ½ ounce can tomato paste
3 tablespoons lime juice for each jar you are using
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Blanch the tomatoes by dropping them in the boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. You will need to do them in batches. My picture only shows one tomato blanching. Put in enough tomatoes for them all to be covered in water.
Layer tomatoes in a large strainer with 4 Tbls salt. Much of it will run out with the water. Let the tomatoes drain for several hours to overnight in a cool spot. Do not refrigerate. Don’t forget to keep them a little raised from the bottom of whatever pot you strain them into, so they are not sitting in their own water.
When you are ready to proceed, put the canning jars into a large pot of water and cover the jars with at least one inch of water. Bring to a boil. Boil the jars for 10 minutes. Boil jar lids and rims too.
Peel and chop the onions.
De-stem and de-seed the jalepenos. (You may want to wear gloves. Do not under any circumstances wipe your face, especially your eyes! Make sure to wash hands very good following this step.)
Pull cilantro from stem.
In a food processor chop onions, jalepenos, strained tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic to the texture you prefer.
Place mixture in a large deep pot and add ground cumin seed and tomato paste. Bring to a boil.
Lift sterilized jars from the boiling water bath and empty them of water.
Add 3 tablespoons of lime juice to each jar.
Fill each jar with salsa to within 1 inch of the rim. Wipe the rim with a clean paper towel dipped in boiling water, and seal with lids and rims.
Allow to cool, check seals.
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