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Homemade Salsa With Homegrown Tomatoes

With tomato season in full swing, we always look forward to making one of our favorites, & that is homemade salsa. Our entire family just loves salsa, & with taco tuesdays & then ball games in the fall, it is always our go to condiment & snack & we just cannot get enough!




Ingredients: (Yields around 8-9 Pints)

10-11 Cups of peeled & chopped tomatoes *(See Note)

3 Cups of chopped yellow onions

7 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 Cups of chopped bell peppers

5 Jalapeno peppers finely chopped & seeds removed

2 1/2 teaspoons of ground cumin

2 1/2 teaspoons of fresh cracked pepper

2 1/2 teaspoons of canning salt

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup of chopped fresh cilantro(we love cilantro & always add more)

1 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

12 oz of tomato paste

16 oz tomato sauce


Instructions:

Combine everything in a large pot & bring to a boil. Reduce the heat down to a simmer & let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Fill sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Wiper the rim of the jars clean & seal with lids & new rings.

Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes: (add 5 minutes if you live at 1,001 to 3,000 feet; add 10 minutes for 3,001 to 6,000 feet; add 15 minutes for 6,001 feet to 8,000 feet).

Remove the jars carefully from the water bath & let cool to room temperature. Check to make sure the jars have sealed correctly (lightly press the top of the lid; it should be firm ***if the center bubbles up and down when you press on it, it hasn’t sealed correctly & will need to be refrigerated***


*Peeling tomatoes can be accomplished 2 different ways. The more traditional way is to cut an "X" on the tomato, pop it in boil water for 30 seconds & then immediately place in a cold ice bath or cut the tomatoes in half, & place them cut-side down on a baking sheet,. Put them in your oven on broil for 3-4 minutes (Do not take your eyes off), & after they are cool, the skins will peel off really easily.

DISCLAIMER: Before canning any recipe please refer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation website & Food Safety Safety Website














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