I decided to make a batch of salsa for the winter. It was delicious. This recipe can be eaten fresh or canned for later use. I thought it would be a great dish during the holidays while watching movies or entertaining, and wanted to share my recipe.
I used ingredients from my garden to make this batch, but you find the ingredients at your local grocery store or Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s Markets in warmer climates are usually open during the holiday season and still have fresh produce. Take advantage of the fresh produce if you’re lucky enough to have a farmer’s market near you.
Here’s what you need:
- 5 – 6 lbs. tomatoes skinned and chopped (I used whatever variety I had that was ripe. I suggest allowing them to drain in a colander after chopping to get rid of some of the water). Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh home grown tomatoes. Roma and Amish Paste are great tomatoes to use.
- 3 cups chopped onion (I used yellow, red and white from my garden)
- 1 1/4 cup chopped peppers (You can use a combination of Belle Peppers. I like my salsa spicy so I used a combination of chili, jalapeno, and belle)
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons garlic
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. I like mine chunky. If you like yours cook down, cook it longer. Water batch for 15 minutes if you’re canning. This recipes makes about 8 pints of salsa. It can be served fresh, and it’s just as delicious too. I couldn’t resist eating the salsa while I was trying to get it into the jars. I only managed 7 pints.
Grow your own tomatoes, peppers and onions next season. Paint buckets or tubs on your patio, balcony or deck are great ways to grow tomatoes and peppers during the summer. I will doing a post on how you can start your seed inside to give you a head start on the growing season and planting your tomatoes in a small growing area in March. Stay tuned.