This is a mild, fresh-tasting salsa that even people who don’t usually like salsa will like.
Note this is *not* an original recipe. It’s the USDA’s Choice Salsa guidelines; just with suggestions as to which ingredients to use in the ratios they suggest. So it’s a good illustration of how creative you can be, within those safety guidelines.
It’s got a bit of liquid on it, to make it safe for home canning, so when serving it, you may wish to tip the bottle into a sieve to drain excess liquid off, or, scoop out with a fork.
When serving it to a more hardened salsa crowd, you could stir in some hot sauce and fresh chopped coriander leaves (aka cilantro) at time of serving.
This makes a great layer in dips. It really has a very fresh taste to it that wakes up the rest of the dip. Small 1 cup ( quarter-litre / 8 oz / ½ pint) jars are ideal for this kind of use.
This recipe makes a lot; you may wish to cut it in half.
Jar size choices: Quarter-litre (½ US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz) OR half-litre (1 US pint / 500 ml/ 16 oz)
Processing method: Either water-bath or steam canning
Yield: 12 x quarter-litre (½ US pint / 250 ml) jars
Headspace: 2 cm (½ inch)
Processing time: 15 minutes either size jar
Yield: 12 x quarter-litre (US ½ pint / 250 ml) jars
- 1.5 kg paste tomatoes (aka plum, Roma, etc. Coarsely chopped. Measured after prep. About 3 pounds / 6 cups.)
- 300 g onion (peeled, finely chopped. 2 cups / 10 oz. Measured after prep.)
- 1 kg bell pepper (seeded, finely chopped. 7 cups / 2 lbs. Measured after prep.)
- 250 ml lemon juice (bottled. 1 cup / 8 oz)
- 125 ml lime juice (bottled. ½ cup / 4 oz)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin (dried)
- 1 teaspoon oregano (dried)
- 1 ½ teaspoons chile flakes (optional)
Peel the tomatoes. This is really easy done by washing the tomatoes, then boiling them for 1 to 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the tomatoes) in hot water, then plunging them into a pan, sink or large bowl of very cold water. The skins will pull off easily.
Chop tomato coarsely into about 2 cm (½ inch) pieces and add to large pot.
Prep onion (food processor with pulse button is fine) and add to pot.
Wash the peppers, stem and seed them, then chop finely (food processor with pulse button is fine) and add to pot.
Add lemon and lime juice to pot.
Add seasonings (from the salt down to the chile flake) to the pot.
Put pot on the burner and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to avoid scorching on bottom.
When it hits a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes, stirring a few times.
Spoon into quarter-litre (½ US pint) or half-litre (US pint) jars.
Leave 2 cm (½ inch) headspace.
Debubble, adjust headspace.
Wipe jar rims.
Put lids on.
Process in a water bath or steam canner.
Process either size jar for 15 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.
Best after at least a month of jar time.
How to water bath process.
How to steam can.
When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.
- For the pepper, you could swap out some sweet pepper and swap in an equal amount of peppier pepper.
- Don’t add any fresh herbs for canning, however much you want to. Add at time of serving. That way they’ll be truly fresh, anyway.
- You are peeling the tomatoes in order to reduce the bacterial load going into the canner.
- Yes, the lemon and lime juices must be bottled, in order to ensure that a guaranteed acidity is being used. See Ball All New if you prefer to make fresh juice salsas.
- If you want to increase the heat do so by using dried chile flake.
- You are allowed to increase / decrease saltiness / sweetness to taste. Thus:
- You can add more salt, to taste.
- Instead of the salt, you can use a non-bitter, non-clouding salt sub. We have found Herbamare Sodium-Free performs well in that regard.
- If you find the tomatoes not quite sweet enough, to round out the taste you can add a few tablespoons of sugar, or, Splenda, or liquid stevia ¼ teaspoon at a time.
Based strictly on guidelines provided by: National Center for Home Food Preservation. Choice Salsa.
Per 4 tablespoons / 60 ml
- 17 calories, 152 mg sodium.
Using a salt sub.
Per 4 tablespoons / 60 ml
- 17 calories, 4 mg sodium.
- Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 1 to 7 tablespoons: 0 points; 8 to 15 tablespoons: 1 point.
* Nutrition info provided by https://caloriecount.about.com
* PointsPlus™ calculated by healthycanning.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.
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