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Canning Green Tomato Salsa

If you routinely grow tomatoes in your garden, you know you are going to end up with a pile of green tomatoes when the frost is looming. What can you do with all these green tomatoes besides put them on the compost pile? Okay, you could make a meal or two of fried green tomatoes, but you will not be able to eat them all before they spoil. What you can do is make some green tomato salsa. Before you worry about how you are going to eat all of that before it goes bad, why not can some? By canning green tomato salsa, you can bring some out to enjoy during the holidays, or in February, or even when you are just beginning to plant your tomatoes for next season.

If you have never canned anything before, it is really easy. You need some canning jars. Most grocery stores, discount stores and even some plant nurseries will sell canning supplies all summer long. Stock up on the size that suits your family. Jars come in pints and quarts and the following green tomato salsa recipe makes eight pints so plan accordingly. Get the lids and the rings that twist on to the jars. Since tomatoes are acidic, you can make do with a simple canning pot because all you need to do is put the jars into a hot water bath for a little while.

You will need to sterilize your jars first. If your dishwasher has a sterilize option, after you have your salsa mixed up and ready, run the jars through the dishwasher and fill them while they are still hot. Alternatively, you can sterilize the jars in another pot of hot water. It is very important to fill the jars while they are hot and then put them into a boiling water bath to make sure no bacteria is in the salsa and that the jars seal securely. The following recipe for green tomato salsa features jalapenos and cayenne pepper for a mildly spicy result. You can omit these ingredients if you prefer. Also, the amount of sugar you add is up to you. One teaspoon is usually sufficient, but double this if you prefer a sweeter result.

Tomatoes, bell peppers and onions combine in this tasty green tomato salsa, along with lime, cumin, oregano and jalapeño to add more flavor to it. Although this recipe includes more ingredients than many of our other salsa recipes it is well worth making because the taste is both complex and typically Mexican.

Canned Green Tomato Salsa
Summary: Green tomato salsa is the perfect thing to make if you have abundant green tomatoes to use up, and canning means this salsa will keep for a long time.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 8
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Cook time: 
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  • 5 lbs chopped green tomatoes
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 4 chopped red bell peppers
  • 6 chopped yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • 6 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 chopped jalapenos, with seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  1. Add the tomatoes, lime juice, cumin, bell peppers, onions, oregano, garlic, jalapenos, black pepper, salt, cilantro, and vinegar into a big pot.
  2. Add a pinch or two of white sugar, as well as some cayenne pepper if you want to spice your green tomato salsa recipe up.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat down so it simmers.
  4. Simmer for half an hour, stirring now and then.
  5. Bring the salsa back to a boil and ladle it into hot sterile jars.
  6. Remember to leave ½ inch of headroom.
  7. Wipe the jar edges and lids clean, then tighten the lids, and put the jars back in the boiling canning pot.
  8. Process for 15 minutes, and then remove them.
  9. Let them sit for 24 hours at room temperature.
  10. Check the lids for a tight seal.
  11. If any are not sealed correctly, refrigerate them and use within a week.
  12. The properly-sealed ones will keep for months in a cool, dark place.
  13. Alternatively you can use Ziploc bags and freeze the salsa for up to a year and thaw as required.

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Discover how to can salsa with this easy recipe. Including ingredients like green tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, as well as aromatic flavors such as garlic, lime, cumin, cilantro, and jalapeño, this salsa is full-flavored and goes with a whole range of things, such as beef, chicken, enchiladas or tacos, and you can even serve it as a dip for shrimp like in the photo. It is worth making a batch of this because not only can you serve it with lots of different dishes, you can give some cans to friends and family and share the joy of good homemade Mexican food.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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