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My Favorite Homemade Salsa Recipe

Tomatoes are in season and ripening at an amazing rate. Time for me to break out the stew pots and start cooking up some homemade salsa, stewed tomatoes and chopped tomatoes for future recipes.

Prepping tomatoes for homemade salsa

One way to process tomatoes is the hot-cold water bath method. This is how my Mother put up tomatoes and I did this for years.

  1. Clean tomatoes in sink, cut off the stems and bruised spots
  2. Dunk in boiling water for about 30 seconds until the skins start to wrinkle
  3. Remove from boiling water and dip in a bowl of cold water
  4. Skins should then easily slip off the tomatoes

I can’t tell you how many hours I have stood over a hot stove during the summer slipping skins off tomatoes. Years ago Beth and I bought a BOGO deal at the state fair for the Salsa maker and I have used it to chop onions, peppers, and tomatoes for years. I love this thing, it works absolutely great for small batches of salsa and the mandolin slicer attachment is perfect for zucchini.

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A Better Way to Process Tomatoes

However, when I’m make a LOT of salsa or spaghetti sauce, there is a better and faster way to prepping tomatoes and I don’t know why I haven’t listened to my friend Beth before, she kept telling me to get a food mill. This tomato press will take off the skins and either chop for salsa or process for spaghetti sauce.

NapaStyle Italian Tomato Mill Press

All you have to do is a search on Pinterest for salsa and you can find more recipes than you can handle; everything  from hot and spicy to sweet and mild, even recipes for watermelon salsa and mango salsa. My hubby likes traditional chips and Mexican salsa and just about everything you need can be found in your garden: tomatoes, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers and onions. Since I don’t like cilantro, I don’t grow it.

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Homemade Salsa Recipe

Remember, cooking is not a science it’s an art, so use the following as a guideline, don’t get hung up on exacts. experiment and if you like spicy and hot, add more jalapenos, if sweet is your thing, add more sugar. Before preparing your ingredients sterilize prepare your jars. I like the dishwasher the best.

Ingredients (makes 4-5 quarts)

  • 10-15 lbs of tomatoes (chopped fine, skins removed)
  • 4 large sweet peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 6 jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 3 TBSP canning salt
  • 3 TBSP cilantro (optional)
  • 2 TBSP cumin (optional)
  • 3 TBSP ground garlic (optional
  • 14 oz can Tomato Paste (for thickening)


  1. Chop your tomatoes, onions, and peppers with the tomato mill or salsa maker food processor
  2. Add to large stock pot and stir together
  3. Stir in sugar, vinegar, salt and seasonings
  4. Add tomato paste, enough to thicken to desired amount
  5. Bring to boil on med high heat, stirring often
  6. Reduce heat to simmer (low) and cook for another 15 minutes
  7. PREPARE lids now by placing in about an inch of water and bring to boil, then turn off and let sit
  8. Lay a towel on the counter and place warm clean jars from the dishwasher on towel
  9. Place funnel in jar and using a large soup ladle spoon hot salsa into jars leaving 1″ of space at the top
  10. Use magnet stick to remove lid from water and place on jar, screw jar lid tight

The jars will be very hot, remember you just poured boiling tomatoes into glass, use the rubberized jar holder found in the canning tool set below to hot jars and a pot holder to tighten the lids. Now wait for the popping of the lids to assure the seal.


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Because tomatoes are acidic a hot water bath or pressure cooking the salsa is not necessary. Since I really don’t follow a recipe when I cook, and I don’t measure the amount of vegetables I use my stock pot as a gauge of how many quarts of salsa I will be canning. I have a 5 qt pot so that when it’s full to the top I have 5 qts of salsa.

I can a variety of sizes some for home use (quarts) and pints (for gifts), I also always use wide mouth jars, but that is a personal preference.

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Fresh Garden Broccoli

I never knew that broccoli fresh from the garden could taste so good. This was our first garden together, and it’s pretty successful. So far we’ve harvested radishes, lettuce, potatoes, cucumbers, a few beans and zucchini. Our most successful has been the broccoli, didn’t know the plants got so big, but well worth the space.

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The heads were huge, the size of dinner plates. From what I understand when you harvest the center bunch the secondary cluster will still produce. I hope so, four out of five of us love broccoli. Warning though, if the plant gets too mature the resulting clusters will taste bitter. Blah!! That is a reason why people DON’T like broccoli

Cleaning and prepping fresh broccoli

Cleaning and prepping fresh broccoli

My Mother-in-law suggested I soak the heads in salt water to clean out any bugs. However, we didn’t have any problems with bugs, not one floated to the top. An added benefit to soaking is the increased flavor.

Fresh cooked broccoli

Fresh cooked broccoli

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When I was little I only ate the stems, my Dad would eat the tops for me, they were too “mushy”, that’s because my Mom overcooked everything. There are ways to teach your kids to eat more vegetables, the first step is to NOT overcook them. Not only are the nutrients leached out, but so is the flavor.

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All I can say is “Yum, yum!”


Portebella Mushrooms and Onions

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Portabella Mushrooms and onions

Portabella Mushrooms and onions


Day 209/365: Grilled Yellow Zucchini

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Yellow Zucchini (My Olympus is back)

I’m the first one to admit that I don’t like yellow and green mushy vegetables. This includes squash, asparagus, and zucchini. But on the prompting of my good friend Beth, and my daughter who is a good sport about trying new foods, I have decided to expand my horizons. Nelson Farms is helping a great deal as they have a produce stand set up in the parking lot where I work all summer.

These were so pretty at the stand I just had to pick up a few and try grilling them. Because everything taste better grilled.

Grilling Yellow Zucchini

Grilling Yellow Zucchini

So, if I’m going to grill I’m going to use my new Pampered Chef grilling basket. Not knowing which way to slice these veggies, I tried the circles and lengthwise. After digging through my spice cabinet I picked two out, a vegetable supreme and a Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil and Garlic mixture. Wasn’t sure what would be best so I just experimented by adding the herbs to some olive oil and coating both sides of the sliced zucchini.

Grilled Yellow Zucchini

Grilled Yellow Zucchini

Doesn’t it look delicious? I even impressed myself.  Still not too much of a fan of the mushy factor, but I did like the long skin side pieces. My son thought they tasted like weird tasting eggs, he wasn’t a fan. But I ate them all and would try them again with different seasonings.

Anyone have any ideas with what else to do with yellow zucchini?

Photography notes: I’ve brought out my Olympus E10 camera again. I have it handy at work (Hamilton Color Lab) so I can take photos of various projects for an upcoming new blog series. Yes I take photos of photos. Redundent isn’t it.


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