Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Homemade Salsa!

We've had an abundance of Tomatoes (better boy, cherry, and beefsteak)So now is the perfect time for salsa! This was an all-day process, at a steady pace it took me a little under 3 hours :)


1. Bring pot of water to a rolling boil !

2. Here are all our Tomatoes; Out of these I picked out a total of 21 tomatoes to Blanch. They must be ripe & firm, or they'll end up mushy!



3. I dropped in 5 at a time, then after 30 seconds I removed them, then put in a new batch.

4. Place the hot tomatoes into a "cool bath" which is a bowl of ice water--this helps remove the skins.




5. Start Multitasking! Blanch, Cool, then Peel!




6. This is what the tomatoes should look like after peeling them--it took a while, about 30 minutes.


Chop...



Dice...

(I did large chunks for "chunky salsa". You can dice small, but prepare for it to be a smoother, restaurant style salsa :)

Drain!

(Make sure you measure approx. 8 cups of Diced Tomatoes.)

7. Chop 2.5 cups of Onion (about 2 Large yellow/sweet onions)
tip: To cut down on tears, try wearing sunglasses! Make sure they fit securely, and it will cut down on the "running outside blinking" episodes~! lol plus, you'll look quite fashionable in the kitchen! :)



8. Add Onion to the diced Tomatoes!





9. Chop 1 cup of Green Pepper (I used 3 small peppers) and 1 Jalapeno!

(Let's add some Green to the mixture!)


10. Mince 6 cloves of Garlic, then add it to the mixture !


11. Mix all ingredients together


12. Add 2 tsp of Cumin, 2 tsp Black Pepper, 2 TBsp Sugar and 1/4 tsp Salt




13. Mix 2 (6 oz.) cans of tomato paste with 1 cup water {a little bit at a time} Then add to Salsa!


14. Last but not least, add in 1/3 cup vinegar, and (optional) 1/3 cup ketchup




15. Enjoy!

It makes a HUGE batch, around 10 cups or maybe a little more. The cumin adds the "mexican" flavor, and that Jalapeno puts in a little zing! It isn't too spicy though! :) I put 3/4 of the Salsa into bags and into the freezer for later! Yum, I'll have to make this again!!

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hi Mia! I ran across you page through Kindred Spirit network! I was homeschooled also when I was in highschool. I love salsa. So I will definitely have to try this recipe!

Madison said...

That looks delicious!! YUM!!

Madison

Laney said...

That looks so good! YUMMY! I am sure it tastes good too! Have a good week!
Love and Prayers,
Laney

Julia said...

Oh wow, that looks SO yummy! It makes me want to grab a bag of Tostito chips and dig in! :)

I did my Biblically Feminine post if you want to come see it...

Blessings!
Julia

Amanda said...

Hi Mia! Thanks for checking out my blog and commenting on it! How did you happen to run accross it?

I agree with all the other girls- the salsa looks delicious and I'd love to try it sometime! I'm so glad that I checked out your blog- it's always encouraging to find another young lady who is seeking to please God by learning what it means to be a virtuous woman!

Keep up the great posts!

In Christ,
Amanda

2saints said...

Wow, that looks really yummy! It's so nice to see pictures of each step...it's making my mouth water. :o)

Thank you for the comment on my blog. I'm so glad to have "met" you. :o)

Miss Joanna

Sharon said...

Thanks for this Mia! And thanks for going to all the trouble of taking picture's and putting them up. They really help.

Paul Sr. said...

I heard a rumor that your Pastor LOVES salsa...

Hey, check out my blog...I've posted some pics of the flora & fauna I discoverd on our trip. You may appreciate it.
Peace,

Alyssa Scott said...

Mmmmmmm Salsa!!!! I love salsa !!!!
Looks good!!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a VERY good recipe. Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen....I will probably give your salsa a try! Thanks!

Brenda

Julie said...

This looks good! I've been looking for a salsa recipe...

Mrs.Garcia said...

Mia, I am looking forward to making this yummy Salsa for my family and I to enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this with us!
God Bless,
Mrs.CGarcia(CAGmomof2)