Saturday, August 30, 2008

And the winner is...

Jeannette who said: What would happen if Shrek and a Vampiress had a baby. That was a tomato.
My dad got to choose the winner because he enjoys drawing on vegetables. Or is it a fruit?
Lucky Jeannette will receive a hopefully intact pint of my homemade salsa. And for everyone else here is my recipe. Or if you're not up for a bunch of work, may I suggest Pace.
Tamlynn's Salsa
  • 17 cups peeled, cored, seeded, diced tomatoes -about 12-15 lbs. (I lost most of you right there, didn't I?)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced -wear rubber gloves!
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 10 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Tbs salt
  • 8 pint (16 oz) glass preserving jars with bands and lids
1. Prepare boiling water or steam canner. Prepare lids in simmering water. Set bands aside.
2. Combine all the yummy ingredients in a large saucepan.
3. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
4. Ladle hot salsa into hot jars leaving 1/2 in headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight. You will have enough extra for some instant gratification chip dipping-store in refrigerator for up to a few days.
5. Process filled jars in canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours.
6. Have a silly contest and mail one across the country!


swimmingmom said...

Yay for Jeanette!
Wow, that is ALOT of tomatoes! You must have quite the garden.

Anonymous said...

how fun!! And if I knew how to can I'd try to make some LOL

Jeannette said...

I am so excited! And I can't believe that I won. :-) Your Dad just made my day.

mindyluwho said...

If I didn't know any better I'd say that little tomato was growing red with anger! ;)

Elise said...

(sniff, sniff)I didn't win...
Thanks for the recipe. I may have to try this. My cousin has one but it calls for canned tomatoes. I say if one doesn't want to try this, there's always Jack's Special in the cold deli section at Kroger and Publix. That is some good stuff.
Congrats to Jeannette!!

Christine said...

Are you canning with a pressure cooker? What a great Mormon woman you must be :) Plus you sew and have a compost pile? how funny. Do you want to be friends with someone who doesn't do any of those things? I do plan on starting a garden....

Tamlynn said...

Elise, around here a Kroger's would be a Ralph's and I'm pretty sure Publix is only in a few Southern states. But next time I'm at Ralph's I'll look for it!

Christine, I am laughing so much. BTW, you don't need a pressure cooker for high acid foods like tomatoes and fruit. I think we can be friends because we have something fun in common. Spend any time in the Brimhall building? I was there from 93-97!

Sarah H said...

Question-what is the best variety of tomato to use for this recipe? Sounds yummy. Although, I am about canned out right now. Peaches, applesauce, jam, too much work, but yummy.

Tamlynn said...

Sarah, I'm pretty sure we planted Big Boys. Whatever came in the 6-pack at Lowe's. I like the really big tomatoes because its less work to peel than a bunch of little ones. We are still going to can pears then we are done for the year.