Lift the jars out of the water and let them cool without touching or bumping them in a draft-free place (usually takes overnight) You can then remove the rings if you like, but if you leave them on, at least loosen them quite a bit, so they don’t rust in place due to trapped moisture. Once the jars are cool, you can check that they are sealed verifying that the lid has been sucked down. Just press in the center, gently, with your finger. If it pops up and down (often making a popping sound), it is not sealed. If you put the jar in the refrigerator right away, you can still use it. Some people replace the lid and reprocess the jar, then that’s a bit iffy. If you heat the contents back up, re-jar them (with a new lid) and the full time in the canner, it’s usually ok.
I love your post here. (you sound kinda like me and how I operate) 🙂 Looks like you have a blog that I should check out. I like the way you write and found myself reading every word. Now, I’m off to try this recipe!
Awesome! Glad you like it Leslie! Your pepper mix sounds good. We just pulled the last of our peppers from the garden yesterday. We sliced them up (bells, sweet carmens, and pasillas) and mixed with sliced onions to freeze for future fajita meals. Gotta love having a garden!
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
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For many years I had in-laws from Mexico – great cooks – and also a live-in housekeeper from there. The latter also cooked for us. Salsa fresca aka pico de gallo is intended to be just that. Fresh. It is not intended to be hot. The chiles add a little pop, but are not supposed to prevail. Think of it as a piquant fresh vegetable chutney.
Bring a large of water to the boil. Have a large bowl of ice water at the ready. Gently lower the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch them for 60 seconds. Remove with a strainer and transfer them to the ice water. Once cool, slit the skins; they should peel off easily. Remove the cores with a small paring knife. Discard skins and cores.
Yum! I can’t wait until our garden veggies are ready! We planted 3 kinds of peppers, 3 different tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, 2 types of squash, lettuce, peas, green beans, and pumpkins! The hubs also hss several raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry bushes, and 3 grape vines! Hoping to make some wine 🙂
I am going to try this recipe. I have one but my husband finds it too runny. I don’t like canning so I freeze it. Do you think yours would be fine to freeze as well? I can’t see why not it will probably have extra liquid when unthawing which I can just drain. I just wanted your thoughts.
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A little browning of the skin on top is desired. When done cover the tray with a cloth or piece of parment paper for about 10 min and those skins can be pulled off very easily. With this method there is less water taken in by the tomatoes inadvertently, making a much richer thicker salsa The juice emitted from the tomatoes during the broil and given up by the tomatoes when they sit, I put ontop of the stove in a pot and reduce the fluid level by at least half. Add this back into the prepared tomatoes (we don’t want to lose any of the natural acidity of the tomatoes in it’s juice). P. S. I use lime juice too! It rocks Guidelines in canning usually recommend lime juice in containers as opposed to fresh as the acidity can vary using the fresh fruits. Be safe and once again congrats!
Tomatoes have enough acid to require only a water bath for processing; but by the time you add the other ingredients which have no acidity, you’ve got a food that can spoil easily. That’s why most salsa recipes include a couple of cups of vinegar or lemon juice (both very acidic).
With 120 pounds, easy is important :-)!) Well, quite a large portion of the tomatoes weren’t salvagable, and some are now in the freezer for future pasta sauce and other hot dishes, and I have a decent stash of the “Easiest Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes” waiting. Yum :-)!
I have a question. I noticed from the pictures that the tomatoes when cooked look like the consistency of tomato sauce, no chunks …..however in your last picture of the finished product there is lots of tomato chunks (my kinda salsa) – how is this done?
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Love this!!! I do the small batches. It does not last long at all. Heading out today to pick up more tomatoes as mine did not do well this summer. But I have 15+ pepper plants still bearing fruit in the middle of October in north east Ohio, from habanero to mexibells to sweets. I use 3 each of 3 varieties from my garden in this recipe. I leave skins on tomatoes and seeds in peppers! I ladle out excess tomato water for later use in other recipes. Once the pint jar is opened it usually ends up empty!!