9.09.2011

Farm Life Friday: "Home"made Salsa

The remnants of TS Lee came through North Georgia on Monday, so we spent our last day being productive in the kitchen, thanks to Brandon's mom. 
She was so generous to spend her day off helping us make and can homemade salsa.
Brandon and I were both so grateful for her helping and letting us use her kitchen because ours is way too small to get anything like this accomplished the proper way. 
I know I've posted recently that we've made homemade salsa, and many of you have asked for the recipe. 
Unfortunately I am such a bad person and I don't measure exactly, but I paid special attention this time so that I could at least share with y'all what we used.
I'll put the recipe at the bottom.
 We started by gathering the motherload of the very best homegrown tomatoes you could ever imagine eating...right outside of my in-laws' house. Then we blanched them to make it SO much easier to peel the skins off.
 Aren't these just beautiful?! Thankfully, they gave us a box of them to take back home with us.
 The most handsome jalapeno chopper I've ever seen...
 Overlook me...rainy day+cooking=no makeup.
I was peeling the blanched tomatoes.
 The results of my husband's jalapeno chopping.
 After all the ingredients are combined, the salsa must be heated through on low-medium heat for 20 minutes.
 Meanwhile, we had the clean jars heating in the pressure cooker
After the salsa was heated, we poured the salsa into the jars in the pressure cooker.
 The jars will float in the water until they have some weight it them, so it is best to add just enough salsa to each jar so that they will stop floating. Then you can go back and fill them the rest of the way. The same rule applies for canning other juices and foods.
 Once all the jars are filled the rims need to be wiped clean and the lids need to be put on the jars.
Throughout the heating of the salsa process, we put the lids and rims in the toaster over to ensure they were warm and clean. 
Adjust your pressure cooker accordingly based on your altitude and your recipe.
 We ended up making enough salsa to fill 8 quart size jars as well as another 8 oz freezer jar.
We are thrilled about this!!
 While we were cooking Brandon's Grandad and Grandmother came over to visit.
Grandmother was willing to try our fresh salsa. She said she liked it!
 I think she was just a satisfied by feeding Sanford fresh blueberries under the table. 
He was very appreciative!
 Grandmother loves babies and animals. She is a retired science teacher, by the way. 
She was happy to hold Sanford. Aren't they precious?
 While the salsa was in the pressure cooker Brandon spent some quality time with the pups.
 Can you tell how loved and adored they are?!
Brandon is so proud of them :)
 Then it was nap time...
 look at her feet...she kills me!!
 These pictures were taken on Saturday morning before we left to go to the UGA game. 
Brandon and his Aunt Joy took Grandad and Grandmother down to the lake (they live on Lake Lanier) to watch the puppies play in the water.
A HUGE thank you to Aunt Joy for being so wonderful and keeping all 3 of our dogs Saturday, Saturday night, and all day Sunday while we were at the games.
I know it's a lot to keep up with and we are so appreciative of her help!!
 They are just so cute in their little farm rides!
 Clearly we had a fabulous time catching up with family and we don't know when we'll get to see them all again, but we're looking forward to it anyway!

Homemade Salsa Recipe-Estimates!!
tomatoes, lots and lots of tomatoes...I'm guessing we used 18-20 lbs. (We pulsed them in a blender after we blanched and peeled them)
2 minced Vidalia onions
12 jalapenos, minced (abt. 6 green and 6 red)
2-3 TBS  fresh minced garlic
1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
4 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. vinegar

Step by step directions are listed above with pictures.
Here are some good websites to visit for more exact measurements and instructions:
So Easy to Preserve
Pick Your Own
Ball Canning

**My best advice to you is not to be afraid-you really can't mess it up-add what you like in the amounts that you like. You don't have to follow a recipe exactly-make it your own. But, when canning, it is ALWAYS very important to follow the canning/cooking part of the instructions for safety.**

PS-We personally love On The Border Cantina Thins chips with our salsa.
They are amazing!! No other tortilla chip compares!!
In our neck of the woods-meaning Georgia, only certain Kroger grocery stores carry this particular brand. Not even Publix carries them.

10 comments:

  1. This sounds so yummy! I love me some homemade salsa!! I wish I had the motivation to make my own. Thanks you for the recipe, though. Maybe I'll try it sometime!

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  2. I love homemade salsa! It is always the best, of course I only make mine with vidalia onions. They are the best overall! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with the hubs !! xoxo

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  3. Wow you're so brave!! I get way too overwhelmed with stuff like that! That picture of all the tomatoes.. yikes I would have given up there! I admire your commitment haha

    Rachel

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  4. That salsa looks so delicious. My nana cans all the time but I have never tried it. I need to learn before it's too late one day! You have such an adorable family.

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  5. That salsa looks delicious! I've only recently grown to love it

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  6. Looks so yummy girl! Brandon's grandparents are so cute :)

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  7. O my gosh!! That chair Brandon is sitting in with the pups matches my couch and love seat perfectly!! Seriously it's like the missing piece to my set lol. The salsa looks great :)

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  8. Yum!! I love homemade salsa! And, really anything made from tomatoes. Your dogs are sooo precious! Have a great week! :)

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  9. Wow, this salsa looks amazing. I'm a huge fan of my father's homemade salsa but I'll have to give your recipe a try! I'm sure it'll be just as tasty! Thank you for sharing :).

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  10. Cherish this salsa was so good!!! I just made it today thanks for sharing the recipe.:)

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