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Salsa Recipe?

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by silkieboxerluv, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Jul 8, 2008
    patandchickens

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    I will play "food safety mom" here and point out that it may not be smart to can salsas in a water bath unless they have lots of vinegar or such in them (use pressure-canner instead). Even for just tomatoes alone, the modern recommendation is to acidulate them with a little bit of lemon juice or citric acid (because some tomato varieties are not acid enough to ensure no growth of botulism spores); certainly if you are "diluting" the tomatoes with low-acid foods like onion and peppers the recommendation is that you need to pressure-can.

    I know that most times you can get away with it, but it only takes one jar with botulism toxins in it (and you can't necessarily assume you'll be able to taste, smell or see the spoilage) to be Game Over.

    Just an observation,

    Pat
     
  2. Jul 8, 2008
    Tutter

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    Thanks, Ma! ;)

    Blurose, that sounds wonderful! Being from the southland originally, and having spent many days happily eating in Mexico, I can really appreciate salsas. I like all types! Thank you for your family's version! :)
     
  3. Jul 8, 2008
    blurose

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    Thank you, Pat, and your are most correct. Tutter, thanks to you too. When I do it again, I'll most definately drag out my pressure canner. I guess I was just fortunate that the salsa didn't stick around long enough to have a chance to go "bad". :p My kids and I went through about 8 quarts in as many weeks.

    Edited to speak my mind after a good think on it: On second thought, why should I compromise the flavor and texture of my salsa when for years I, my father, mother, grandmother and great grandmother used a waterbath canning method for salsa and tomatos? I understand what Pat is saying, but I don't necessarily agree with the "new" regimen suggested for tomatos and salsa. Now, if it was spaghetti sauce, especially with meat in it, I'd put on the pressure canner for sure. I strickly adhere to cleanliness and sterilization precautions when I am canning. I don't even allow anybody else to walk around in my kitchen until the lids go down on the jars. I'm him-hawing on the fence here with this issue. I want to be foodsafe, but don't see anything wrong with the old tried and true way either. Maybe if I added a tablespoon of vinegar it wouldn't hurt the taste too badly. Would that be enough acidity to be considered foodsafe?
     
  4. Jul 9, 2008
    ahbee01

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    Here is a safe one to can, it is so yummy,
    I got it off the Garden Web, in the harvest forum. It is a well sought after recipe!


    ANNIES SALSA

    8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
    2 cups chopped onion
    1 cups chopped green pepper
    3 5 chopped jalapenos
    6 cloves minced garlic
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp pepper
    1/8 cup canning salt
    cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup vinegar *NOTE: If you want to can in a water bath, use 1 cup of vinegar, and water bath for 15 min.
    16 oz. tomato sauce
    16 oz tomato paste
    Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil, boil 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars, process at 10 lbs of pressure for 30 minutes for pints.

    Makes 6 pints

    Enjoy this, and happy canning.
    Brenda
     
  5. Jul 9, 2008
    Tutter

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    Thank you, Ahbee! That's different than any I've ever made! :)
     
  6. Jul 9, 2008
    Backyard Buddies

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    I realize it's not the question you asked, but my favorite recipe for salsa is the El Torito Salsa that is widely available on the Internet. I always make it fresh, so I don't know whether it can be adapted for canning purposes.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2008
    Doodle Do

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    I have a salsa recipe that is good, but there is nothing like a fresh salsa. So my question is even tho I do see someone said it is unsafe to do, can I make the same fresh salsa recipe, put it in my jars and then hot water bath? Is this what the most of you do?
     
  8. Jul 10, 2008
    blurose

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    Doodle Do, that is what I have done for years and my father and grandmother (seperately) have also done for years and I will continue to do so. That is all I can say. You must make your own decision.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2008
    ahbee01

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    Doodle Do
    It wouldn't be safe,but you can freeze it!
    I never tried it,but others have
    When canning food you have to take into consideration the safety of yourself, and those who eat what you canned!
    It is up to you.
    I'm not willing to take the risk, since the end result could be death!
    Not trying to scare you or even start a debate, but just my opinion!
    Brenda
     
  10. Jul 14, 2008
    simple life

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    Backyard buddies, I am wondering if you boil it for 10 minutes if you could then can it. I have salsa recipe that calls for boiling it first and then canning. There is nothing like fresh salsa though!
     

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