I got up early this morning and then Frank and I got a run/walk in. We did Day 1 of the C25K. This is all part of my Quest for Fitness. When we got home, Frank made breakfast, Bacon and Pancakes ( I know, I know, but hey I am not going to dissuade him from cooking when he feels like it! And it is all about portion control anyway) while I straightened up the house and got ready for our company this afternoon.
I also spent some time making and canning Salsa. I love making salsa, it is so much better than what you get from the grocery shelf and you know exactly what is in it. I adapted my recipe from the Ball Blue Book of Canning. It is a great canning tool!!
Remove the stems from the tomatoes.
Slice an X on the bottom.
Place them in boiling water for a few moments.
Remove from boiling water and plunge immediately into ice water.
The skins will slip right off.
Once the skins are removed, I quarter the tomatoes and remove the seeds.
Then I roughly chop them.
It takes about 6 lbs of tomatoes to get 10 cups.
I pulled out the peppers that I had in the fridge.
You want to end up with 5-6 cups of chopped peppers.
The heat of the salsa will be determined by the heat of the peppers used.
I used 5 jalapenos for this batch.
I ended up with 7 pints of salsa.
6 pints that I canned and one pint that I served as an appetizer tonight.
Salsa for Canning
10 c. chopped, seeded, peeled and cored tomatoes
5-6 c. chopped and seeded, asst peppers, at least 5 of which are jalapenos (the types and amounts of each type of pepper will determine your heat)
2 large onions, diced
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 T. chopped cilantro
3 t. kosher salt
1 1/4 c. cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle hot salsa into hot jars and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath. Remove to a towel lined counter to cool. Print Recipe
We had a wonderful visit with everyone today. Kurt and Kim brought both of their Moms and Mom Klik was here as well. We relaxed in the pool, we had a wonderful dinner and the skies opened up and the rains came pouring down. I am so glad that it waited until we were all done outside.
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