Sweet Sound of Popping Lids
Then you need two cute curly headed girls to pick all those tomatoes. The youngest one had a tough time picking just the red ones, but there were plenty to go around.
Here is the recipe,
Savory Southwest Salsa
5lbs Ripe Tomatoes (Roma's are the Best)
3 Cups Chopped Onions
1 Cup Jalapenos (We removed seeds and middle to make it not as spicy)
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (5% Acidity)
3 1/2 tsp Salt
Seems Simple Right?!
First of all, make sure all surfaces are clean! This is so important so nothing get into your jars that you don't want.
Then weigh your tomatoes. You can use a kitchen scale if you have it. The other option is to weigh yourself with and without the tomatoes. Yes, it is okay to write it down on paper, if you can't do it all in your head. I did, but no one will have to know.
Next, talk your mom into doing the dirty work, cutting up the jalapenos. Over the years, she has learned the hard way, when you cut up this many jalapenos, WEAR GLOVES! It burns! Meanwhile, I cried my eyes out cutting up onions. Okay, I'm not sure who was really doing the dirty work here!
Next get a large pot of water boiling. Then pour it over the tomatoes. This blanches then to make it easy to remove the skins. Then put a medium size bowl aside with cold water the tomatoes and toss a few hot ones in there. Cut out the stem and then peel off skin. Cut off any imperfections such as excessive whiteness or dark spots.
After about 20 minutes of tomatoes bubbling on medium heat, add in your onions.
Tip from grandma. She says to skim off the foam to help take impurities out of the tomatoes.
Great grandma's pot on the left. Place jars in boiling water to start the canning.
Next stir in the jalapenos. Then add in remaining ingredients.
Then place new lids and rims in boiling water. Tip from mom: Never reuse lids! New lids will ensure a good seal.
Fill hot jars with hot salsa leaving about a 1/2 inch of space at the top. Then clean off rim of glass jar with a clean towel or wash cloth. Add lid then rim. Set aside and move on to the next one. Once they have sealed the dot in the middle will recede. Make sure all jars are sealed before storing.
Next enjoy the salsa that didn't fit in the jar! Add fresh cilantro before serving!