Fruits of our labor


Today I am linking to the Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.  I have been amazed that Jami is still harvesting her crops, when ours are long gone and the garden is dry and parched!  But I suspect we had a head start.  Back two months ago, I took this picture while making salsa.  My husband dearly loves homemade salsa, and I dearly love him, so last year I canned the equivalent of 5 gallons of salsa!  This year it was more like 4 gallons.  Makes you feel accomplished, though, when you see all those jars in a row:

P1040314So thankful for the blessing of abundant tomatoes and peppers this year!

Here’s the salsa recipe, if you’d like it:

4-4 ½ quarts diced tomatoes

2 c. finely diced jalapeno pepper (if they are really hot, do ½ and ½ with green pepper)

5 onions, diced (2 cups)

3 T. minced garlic

1 T. salt

2 c. lemon juice (OR put ¼ t. citric acid in each pint jar before the salsa)

1 can tomato paste, if too thin

Combine all ingredients except tomato paste in large pot.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until onions are tender and liquid is reduced.  (This takes awhile,  cook until volume has reduced down about 2 inches.) Add tomato paste if desired.  Put into pint canning jars and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.  Makes 7-8 pints.


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