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Unbeatable Organic Homemade Salsa
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Unbeatable Organic Homemade Salsa

I absolutely love homemade salsa and it is so easy to make and put up. My problem is that no matter how much I make, I am always wishing I had made just a little bit more!

By making it myself I have complete control over the ingredients that I grow in my garden. I also know there are not any pesticides anywhere near them. When I plan my garden, I just make sure I have enough plants to make the salsa and for other things I make like relishes.

I begin by heating and peeling the tomatoes. Just heat up water on the stove and then put 5 or 6 tomatoes at a time in and wait a minute. I then ladle them out and dip in cold water. The skins will split and are therefore easy to remove. I prefer Roma tomatoes because they are meatier and super easy to peel. I cut them up along with onions, green peppers, and jalapenos into a large pot and simmer for a few hours stirring occasionally. The amount of jalapenos depends on hot you want your salsa!

Once the salsa has thickened a bit and simmered, I then can it using the hot water bath method. I ladle the salsa into hot sterilized jars (boil them 10 minutes) wipe the rim of the jar to ensure a good seal and screw the band on. That done, I put the sealed jars back in the canner and boil for 10 minutes with the water 1 inch over the jars. When finished, I set the jars out on the counter spaced an inch apart and let cool. You will hear the jar lids popping and you know you got a good seal. Now just enjoy! Hint: add a jar to your favorite chili recipe!

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  1. Anita Vegana
    Yes, making it yourself ensures you have full control of the contents. I voted.
    1. Veggie
      Thank you!
  2. Veganara
    Voted. What a great blog! I agree, you can't beat home-made salsa. As you say, the only trouble with it is that it is a bit too addictive!
    1. Veggie
      Thank you!
  3. SnakeWitch
    HA! This sounds too simple to be true. I bet I'll have a crazy time with the jars. But, as anything, practice makes perfect, and I will give it a go... and pray one of the lids doesn't end up glued to the ceiling... Voted! My new piece is called French Women Don't Get Fat. Please stop by and vote if you liked it!
    1. Veggie
      Ha ha! Canning gets easier with practice, tomato products are the best to start with cause they are acidic. Thank you for the vote!
  4. Roopam
    Wow...ingredients from your own kitchen. It must taste so great. Voted!
    1. Veggie
      Thank you!
  5. kristo
    nice! i love making salsa but with tamarillo
    1. Veggie
      Hi kristo! I have heard of that, but I have never tried it, but perhaps I should! Thanks for the tip!
  6. VeganDozen
    Great post! We've canned many things before--it's always fun! Check out my two new posts: Pumpkin Barley Stoup and Pumpkin Pancakes, and vote if you like!
    1. Veggie
      I will check it out, they sound yummy!
  7. Clare
    Yum homemade salsa is wonderful! Voted :)
  8. JustVegan
    mmmm love salsa...voted. do come and check out my post on tofu fried rice and vote for it if you like it.
  9. alan
    Yummy..liked it...might want to read my first article "My First overseas trip to malaysia"
  10. alan
    Yummy..liked it...might want to read my first article "My First overseas trip to malaysia"


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