Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Salsa Verla

My MyRman bought a Traeger Smoker for himself just before his birthday and announced it was his birthday present.  I just couldn't stand him not having anything to open for his birthday so I made him a "smokin' HOT!'apron.  I’ve learned to LOVE using Heat&Bond it made this project turn as cute as I hoped!  I love it when that happens!

Anyway...MyRman is one of those great guys that enjoys cooking.  A couple months ago he decided we would can some salsa.  It is a YUMMY recipe we got from his mom.  It has happened more than once that we’ve downed an entire jar in one sitting along with a bag of chips.  One of my college roommates dubbed this recipe as "Salsa Verla" as that is my mother in-law's name.

The only tip I have...USE a chopper or wear gloves when cutting the jalapenos.  If you've ever experienced the burning after cutting them you'll totally understand! If you haven’t experience it - TRUST ME - you don’t want to!

SALSA VERLA (mild-medium)

  • 1/2 bushel of ripe tomatoes (approx. 25 lbs.)
  • 6 medium onions
  • 7-8 cloves garlic
  • 1 3/4 tbs. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. crushed oregano
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 5 green peppers (substitute more jalapenos for hotter salsa)
  • 7-8 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1 3/4 tbs. sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Finely chop tomatoes and vegetables.  Cook over medium heat for 3 hours or until thick.  Stir occasionally.  Pour into clean canning jars and bottle according to canning directions.  We used a water bath but I’m sure you can use a pressure cooker if you want. Yield = approximately  7-10 quarts (I like to use pint jars instead.)


Tanya said...

Here from SOMEDAY CRAFTS. My husband is always making homemade salsa. It's his mom's favorite. We've always talked about canning it...i'll have to show him this tutorial. :)

Lovin-Life-Piersons said...

Looks like fun. I canned some salsa last year, and I wish my husband would have helped me. Looks like you guys made more than me though. Thanks for the recipe, looks great. And you are right, I didnt wear gloves and then i touched my face later (even after I washed my hands) and my face was like burning for the whole day. Ouch.

Christine said...

This looks really yummy! I am totally adding it to the list of things I will make and give as gifts!
Great job!