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Green Tomato Salsa for Canning

If you grow tomatoes in your garden, then it is a familiar problem in the fall: a surplus of green tomatoes still on the vine, which are not going to fully ripen before the weather, gets too cold. As you may know, making salsa is one of the best ways to make sure that these tomatoes do not go to waste as autumn and winter approach.

If you have an especially large amount of tomatoes sitting out there in the garden, then you may want to consider making a very large batch of green tomato salsa and canning it for use over the winter and on through the spring. After all, it is hard to beat the luxury of having fresh green tomato salsa from your own garden long after the growing season has passed.

This recipe is an ideal way to preserve those not quite ripe tomatoes – and it is so delicious that you will be able to give yourself a big pat on the back for making something so good and so useful out of tomatoes, which would have otherwise gone to waste. Here is to thrift!

This recipe makes use of not only green tomatoes, the staple of the dish, but also onions, jalapeños, garlic, lime, and cilantro, ingredients found in the classic tomato salsa recipe. Besides those you will need green bell peppers, a splash of white vinegar, and a little oil, since you are going to be cooking these ingredients and you will not want them to stick to the pan.

Cooking the salsa brings out the natural sweetness in the ingredients and also softens and tenderizes the ingredients in the recipe. The finished salsa is then canned, so you can store it safely and pop open a can any time you want to enjoy the fresh and aromatic flavor of authentic Mexican salsa.

Green Tomato Salsa
Summary: Canning is a great way to make recipes in batches because you can keep the cans for a long time, and this delicious green salsa is worth preserving for sure.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 10
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  • 4 lbs green tomatoes, diced
  • 6 white or yellow onions, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 3-4 jalapenos, diced (adjust quantity according to taste)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • ½ cup white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, if you prefer)
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  1. Chop all ingredients and add to a large saucepan.
  2. Simmer over medium heat until the green tomatoes have softened and the onions and garlic are translucent, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  3. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  4. For the purposes of this recipe, we will assume you are already familiar with how to properly can your green tomato salsa, so proceed accordingly and continue to enjoy your salsa for months to come.

Photo Description:

Homemade green tomato salsa may be canned to lock all those wonderful flavors in, and this recipe shows you how to make this fantastic dish. As well as the green tomatoes you will need the other ingredients found in typical salsa recipes like cilantro, chilies, onions, and garlic. These ingredients are combined to make a beautiful condiment which may be served with potatoes, like in this photo, as a topping for tacos or burgers, or with your favorite meat, poultry, fish or seafood. It goes beautifully with all kinds of dishes, and it is also very easy to prepare.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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