Making Salsa

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Who doesn’t love homemade Salsa? We often have a pre dinner snack of salsa and tortilla chips, usually with a cold mug of beer. Here is an awesome Salsa recipe for you to try. Make a small batch to eat fresh or make a large enough batch to can some up to enjoy come Winter.

Salsa can be safely canned in a water bath – I usually put mine up in half pint jars. Perfect size for us and if we have company to enjoy it with us, I just open up another jar.

 

Ball Water Bath Cannr

Here’s the water canner set up that we use here and we get a LOT of use from it. Some years I put up hundreds of jars of vegetables and soups. Graham loves canning stews and fish, so he often adds hundreds more jars to our cold room.

 

Here’s the recipe – try a batch and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

7 cups chopped tomatoes (about 6 lbs)

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

8 jalapeno peppers

3 gloves minced garlic

1 can tomato paste

3/4 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp ground cumin

 

Coarsely chop all the veggies (I actually dice them quite small.) Remove seeds from peppers (Hah! that’s no fun – we throw a bunch of seeds in the pot too.) Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until it has the desired consistency.

Ladle into jars, wipe the rim, put on the seal and ring. Boil in a boiling water bath 20 minutes for pints (we do 25 minutes, because we are above 1000 ft elevation.)

This recipe makes 5 pint jars of salsa.

Remove from the canner and let jars sit for 24 hours. Don’t move them and keep the jars out of drafts. You can just put a towel over the jars if you need to.

Then, this winter, enjoy this salsa, I think you’ll like it!

 

 

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Canning Asian Pears using Tattler Seals and Lids

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Once when I was in the grocery store, they were having an awesome sale on Asian Pears. So good of a sale, I just couldn’t pass them up. I had never even heard of Asian Pears, but I knew Graham likes pears so thought I would pick some up and can them so we can use them over Winter.

 

home canning fruit to enjoy during Winter

Asian Pears are a cross between an apple and a pear. They have the shape of a large apple – this variety did. There are apparently about 10 varieties of Asian Pears.

I got the water bath canner out, filled it with water and put 9 clean jars in there to be sterilized. I leave the jars in for 10 minutes AFTER the water begins to boil.

 

growing fruit

I got a large bowl ready to receive the sliced fruit. I didn’t want the fruit turning brown so I crushed 1 tsp of Vitamin C into each gallon of water. This ascorbic acid will help the pears keep their nice light colour. They went from being sliced to being placed in the bowl of water immediately.

 

 

home canning and preserving fruit

Since these are a low acid fruit, in order to water bath can them, I needed to add lemon juice to each of the jars.

I got a Light Syrup going on the stove by mixing 1 1/2 cups of sugar in 5 3/4 cups of water. Heat this and then drain the Asian Pears from the Vitamin C solution and carefully add them to the Syrup. Heat them through and then you can add them to your jars (called Hot Pack).

 

 

it's great to have fruit home canned on hand for the winter months.

I added the slices and syrup to each of the jars and wiped the rims.

 

Meanwhile, I had put my Tattler reusable canning lids and seals in hot hot water and left them in there for about 10 minutes.

 

 

Put the Tattler sealing ring around the lid as shown in the picture. Place on top of each jar.

 

 

Use Tattler rings and seals when you do home preserving

Now screw the canning jar band on. Make sure to leave the band slightly loose on the jar. You do NOT overtighten Tattler lids before processing – that comes after you remove them from the water bath.

 

 

The finished product, after being in the water bath for 20 minutes. As soon as I took them out, I tightened the bands. This is the way the Tattler lids work. It’s different from the usual seals and lids, but Tattler is unusual! Why? Because you can reuse and reuse and reuse these rings and lids over many years. If you’ve never tried Tattler lids and seals, order some today and give them a try.

 

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