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Salsa Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Michele Gordon

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
10 cups peeled, chopped and drained tomatoes (see note)
3 cups chopped onion
1 3/4 cups chopped green bell pepper
5 jalapeños, finely chopped, membranes and seeds removed (leave in for extra spice)
7 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons canning or pickling salt (see note)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sugar (optional, depending on sweetness of tomatoes)
1 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
16 ounces tomato sauce
12 ounces tomato paste (optional if you want a thicker salsa)

Directions:
Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Fill sterilized pint-size canning jars within 1/2-inch of the top. Wipe the rim of the jar clean and seal with a lid and ring. Process in a water or steam bath canner for 15 minutes. Remove the jars carefully from the water or steam bath and let cool to room temperature. Check to make sure the jars have sealed correctly (lightly press the top of the lid; it should be firm - if the center bubbles up and down when you press on it, it hasn’t sealed correctly and will need to be refrigerated or re-processed). Yield: 8 to 9 pints

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
If you don't have canning or pickling salt and would prefer not to buy it, you can use coarse, kosher salt (or experiment with table salt) but make sure it doesn't have added iodine or any other additives.

If you don't like messing with a water bath and bowl of ice water to peel the tomatoes; instead, cut them in half and place them cut side down on a large baking sheet (really cram them in there in a single layer). Broil them for 3-4 minutes until the skins begin to pucker. Once they come out of the oven, the skins will wrinkle and peel right off and the baking sheet is easily cleaned. For this recipe, use about three sheet pans of tomatoes (again the exact amount will depend on variety).

 

 

 

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