Fall and Salsa ... continued

I think we've been making salsa nearly every fall for the past 25+ years. Mr. Hive loves to grow a garden and it is a great way to keep a taste of summer with us all winter long. For years we jarred enough salsa to give out at Christmas.
Here is my recipe for salsa below. The recipe is originally from a neighbor, Ann, that lived by us more than 20 years ago. Over the years we've changed it somewhat. I will say the real key to making fabulous salsa is taking the time to slow boil the mixture down for several hours so when it is bottled, it has a huge punch of flavor. I 4x the recipe for each batch. Sometimes I use whatever peppers we happen to have in the garden or market. We like a mix of sweet and hot peppers. I think the most important part is simmering the salsa for several hours before bottling. Have plenty of chips or crackers on hand, it is good. We always keep some salsa aside to eat fresh for a few days after all the chopping and preparing.

2 1/2 quarts chopped fresh tomatoes
1 onion chopped
2 large sweet peppers (green, yellow, red), chopped
2 banana peppers, chopped
1 med to lg. jalapenos, chopped (use gloves!)
1 4-oz jar chopped green chillies
1 T salt
3/4 tsp cumin
2 T lemon juice

Fill jars. Water bath boil for 40 min.

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Nedra said...

I love salsa. Thank so much for the recipe.

Rumi said...

Sounds fabulous! Like Nedra, I love salsa. Too bad my little garden didn't produce enough tomatoes this year!

Lori Holt said...

I will be doing my salsa at the first of the week....I think I'll try a batch of your recipe!

Julie said...

So, how long do you let it boil down? I would like to try your recipe...I have one, but would like a new one. Thanks...Julie

Brandie said...

Yum! I'm going to have to try this out! Does it get hotter the older it is?
Bet your house smelled wonderful while it was cooking! Wish I was there!

Alice Regan said...

Good Morning and thanks for stopping by. Don't you just love those button wedding bouquets? As summer is ending, so is the garden. Love the recipe, it's killer tomato time.

My DH recently read about freezing whole tomatoes. You wash, cut out stem let dry and then put them on a flat sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen you bag for later use. We're trying that this year ...we make a lot of soups during the winter that we will use them in. I do want to can a few, so thank you for the recipe.

Happy Wednesday! ...Alice

Sandi Linn Andersen said...

Next year we hope to have a better crop of tomatoes and I'll be able to make some of your salsa. This year the deer enjoyed our tomatoes. :-( We had several lovely plants growing in those wire tomato holders and the deer got their noses into each one. We are planning a fence for next year....a high fence, in fact, as they jump the fence to get into our neighbor's garden. I love to see the deer as they wander through the woods behind our house but I don't want them using our garden as their restaurant. LOL!

Gayle said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. :-)

Jandi said...

That looks so yummy! I hope my tomatoes turn red soon. So far they are all still green!

Unknown said...

OOOOO... salsa is fantastic! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Nothing like fresh ingredients.

Joy said...

Just looking at that recipe I just know my dear hubby would LOVE your salsa .... he loves chilli :o)
Joy :o)

Valerie said...

Just a question on your processing time ---- has it been increased for higher altitude? I live in Michigan and we're much closer to sea level... I don't want to overprocess! *grin*

Jennifer said...

Yum! All this canning is making me want to try it next year. Thanks for the recipe!

Jennifer :)

Linda said...

Thank you for the recipe. I'm anxious to try this.

hetty said...

That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

sallgood said...

This sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing.