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.)

3 comments:

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.

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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!
Christine