Making Salsa – A Family Affair

Making Salsa / Apron Strings & other thingsThe Summer Season is over, Fall has officially arrived, but until we get a killing frost, the garden is still producing tomatoes. And what do we do with all those tomatoes? Make Salsa of course! Making salsa, it’s a family affair in our home.

{we are talking about working together in the kitchen, preparing some of our favorite things. You’ll find a great offer from an affiliate of mine is offering a great deal for cooking with kids.}

Salsa is the number one priority for our garden produce. Before I can use our tomatoes and peppers for anything else I have to see that we have our yearly supply on the basement shelves – 50 quarts!

Making Salsa 2c / Apron Strings & other thingsThat’s a whole lot of chopping! Everyone gets in on the fun. The activity has been the perfect thing to teach kitchen skills to the kids. I use a simple recipe (below). We peel the tomatoes using the same method I used for peaches. Everyone helps drop tomatoes in the hot water and gets the chance to do some slicing and chopping. With supervision, they can learn how to use a knife safely. For the younger guys, a table knife cuts through peeled tomatoes easily. And there is plenty of stirring opportunity available throughout the day. Making Salsa 2 : Apron Strings & other things

Garden Fresh Salsa

2 quarts tomatoes, finely chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
5 jalapeno peppers, chopped
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tsp salt
1/2 cup white vinegar

Combine all ingredients. Bring to boil, simmer til desired thickness is reached (at least 2 hours). Stir often to prevent scorching.

making salsa 1 : Apron Strings & other things
I quadruple (or more) this recipe and fill a 12 qt stock pot.
For hotter salsa, add more jalapenos. You can add additional onions, peppers, even a bit of cilantro, if you like. You can substitute lime juice for some of the vinegar for a variation on taste.

Making Salsa 7 : Apron Strings & other things
Store in frig in air tight container, or seal in canning jars using your favorite method. I have been pleased using the inversion method, but the waterbath method is highly recommended. You can see how I do this in my post on Making Peach Preserves.

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  1. Yum! My family loves salsa, but I’ve never made it before…I always get the inexpensive-and-probably-inferior brand from the store.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • You are welcome, Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚ I originally thought this would be too complicated and time consuming, but with this easy recipe and everyone pitching in, it is well-worth it. Hope your family enjoys it as much as ours.

  2. I am the only one in my family who likes Salsa, so I only usually put up a few jars every year. I had been using some spice mix and you just add tomatoes, because I didn’t have a good scratch recipe to use. I am going to try this! I pinned it too. Has to be way healthier than that mix loaded with sodium and who knows what else in the packet I use. And if you guys go through 50 jars a year, it has to be a good recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW It is so lovely to see the pictures of your family in this post too!

    • This recipe makes a very manageable batch, Amanda. I hope you get the chance to give it a try.
      So happy you get the chance to make up some salsa for yourself, even if others in your family don’t appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for your sweet comment – you are always an encourager!

  3. I’ve been roasting tomatoes for sauce lately as our garden is overflowing with tomatoes this year too. But we love salsa here so I think I’ll try this recipe for some of the rest of the crop. Pinning it for later. Thanks for posting it!

    • Thanks for pinning Marie ๐Ÿ™‚ Your roasted tomatoes sound amazing! what a great sauce they must make. I hope you enjoy the salsa recipe. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  4. I have made fresh salsa in the summer before but never canned it and boy do you can alot of it! The pictures capturing everyone at work ( and having fun ) in the kitchen are just wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The flavor and aroma of fresh salsa is one of my favorite things in summertime ๐Ÿ™‚ we put it up for winter to make my husband and children happy, they say store-bought just doesn’t cut it ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a little work, but a lot of fun when we do it together. Thank you for your sweet comment. Blessings to you!

  5. Visiting from Thrive @ Home link up. This looks like a good salsa recipe- my husband loves salsa, and we’ve tried many recipes but have yet to find “the one.” Hopefully this is it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinning.

    • I hope you are able to give it a try! We’ve tried ‘jazzing’ it up a few times, but my husband likes it simple and straight forward. thanks for pinning. Have a blessed day!

  6. It looks like you were having a lovely time. Canning is a lot of work, many hands make it light. ~smile~

    In reply to your comment on my blog,,

    You’re right! Sixty-two is too young!

    I think about a hundred and twenty sounds pretty good. What do you think?

    May God bless you richly!


    P.S. Did you know that you’re a “no reply” blogger? You can change that in your blog settings if you wish. What it means is that I cannot respond to the comment e-mails I get by hitting reply and it coming to you through your e-mail.

    • Hi Laura! I’m so glad you stopped in. I always enjoy your comments, and my visits to your blog. A hundred and twenty? Then I still have a few years left to be canning in the kitchen with my family!

      (Thank you for sharing your reply here – I’m working on the no-reply issue – how can something so simple be so difficult?)

  7. This looks delicious! I love salsa but have never attempted to make my own.

    • Thank you, Marjorie ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you try it one day, it is very easy. The recipe makes a smallish batch, perfect for taste-testing. Thank you for stopping in!

  8. How fun is this? Looks like everyone is having a great time! Following you on Facebook and Google+. Do you have Pinterest?

    Come share if you like. Linda

    • Thank you Linda! I love having the family working together in the kitchen. I’m popping over to your link party. Thanks for the invite, I’m glad you stopped in for a visit.

  9. Yum and fun memories!

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