Friday, January 30, 2009

Homemade Salsa

A Guest Post from Mia, with notes from Me, Chef Julia. :)

(Julia) Mia posted this recipe on her blog, Aspiring Homemaker, in late summer last year, just when all her tomatoes from her garden were ripe. This is a great way to use them! My mom and I made this salsa and it was the BEST salsa I have ever had! I highly reccomend this recipe!

(Mia's Post)
We've had an abundance of Tomatoes (better boy, cherry, and beefsteak)So now is the perfect time for salsa! This was an all-day process, at a steady pace it took me a little under 3 hours :)

1. Bring pot of water to a rolling boil !
2. Here are all our Tomatoes; Out of these I picked out a total of 21 tomatoes to Blanch. They must be ripe & firm, or they'll end up mushy!
3. I dropped them in [the boiling water] 5 at a time, then after 30 seconds I removed them, then put in a new batch.
4. Place the hot tomatoes into a "cool bath" which is a bowl of ice water--this helps remove the skins.
5. Start Multitasking! Blanch, Cool, then Peel!

6. This is what the tomatoes should look like after peeling them--it took a while, about 30 minutes.


I did large chunks for "chunky salsa". You can dice small, but prepare for it to be a smoother, restaurant style salsa :)
(Julia)Mia drained hers, I didn't.
7. Chop 2.5 cups of Onion (about 2 Large yellow/sweet onions)tip: To cut down on tears, try wearing sunglasses! Make sure they fit securely, and it will cut down on the "running outside blinking" episodes~! lol plus, you'll look quite fashionable in the kitchen! :)

8. Add Onion to the diced Tomatoes!

Let's add some green to the mixture...

9. Chop 1 cup of Green Pepper (I used 3 small peppers) and 1 Jalapeno!

(Julia)- NOTE> DO NOT TOUCH the jalapeno seeds with your hands! My mom's fingers stung and burned after chopping the jalapeno because she didn't realize the seeds could hurt you... If this happens to you, one way to relieve pain is to soak your fingers in a bowl of milk. Weird, but it works. :)

10. Mince 6 cloves of Garlic, then add it to the mixture !

11. Mix all ingredients together --
12. Add 2 tsp of Cumin, 2 tsp Black Pepper, 2 Tbsp Sugar and 1/4 tsp Salt

13. Mix 2 (6 oz.) cans (Julia - or one 12.oz can) of tomato paste with 1 cup water {a little bit at a time} Then add to Salsa!

14. Last but not least, add in 1/3 cup vinegar, and (optional) 1/3 cup ketchup (Julia- I didn't use the ketcup)

15. Enjoy!
It makes a HUGE batch, around 10 cups or maybe a little more. The cumin adds the "mexican" flavor, and that Jalapeno puts in a little zing! It isn't too spicy though! :) I put 3/4 of the Salsa into bags and into the freezer for later! Yum, I'll have to make this again!!

Julia- I also added some corn and black beans for extra fun! :)

A GREAT BIG Thank You to Mia for allowing me to use this recipe! :)


Rachel and Jessica said...

Thanks Mia and Chef Julia! =:) We have been looking for a nice salsa for a while and this one looks pretty good! My mom really doesn't like even the mild salsas so making our own would be nice so we could control the amount of spicyness!

Thank you ladies!


Madison said...

Looks amazing! :D I may have to try that one out.
By the way, you may or may not be interested, but I was wondering if you wanted to use my post featuring my chocolate chip cookies. :) The link to my post on it is here.
You don't have to use it, I was just wondering if you wanted to. :)
Love this blog! :D


Anonymous said...

That looks delicious-we'll have to try it!

I know what you mean about the peppers-I got some on my hands once and then rubbed my eye a few hours later and it burned for a long time. Even scrubbing with hot, soapy water would not get it off!


Mia said...

Glad you liked the recipe!

Miss Serenity said...

Oh YUM!! I /love/ salsa. :) Looks like a great recipe to try!


PS By the way, I love the blog you've started up here! Very creative and cute. :)

Bonnie S said...

Mmmm, that does sound yummy! :-)