Fall must be just around the corner, because I have do lots of peaches, the garden is producing massive quantities of tomatoes, and consequently I have had to bring my canning supplies in from the garage and put them to good use.
My first project this year was peach salsa – a favorite of mine and Nick’s that is such a fresh, tasty, and welcome treat during the winter months. This salsa is a little acidic, a little sweet, and a little spicy; we both love the interplay of flavors. I think that the cumin – one of Nick’s favorite spices, that he taught me to love – absolutely makes this recipe.
Nick and I do have one little dispute concerning this recipe, however. It has to do with pronunciation. So, readers, feel free to chime in, if you so desire. How do you pronounce the word ‘salsa’? Do you say it ‘sal-sah’ or ‘sal-zah’? Just taking an informal poll . . .
But back to the task at hand. If you have a hot water bath, a desire to do some canning, and lots of tomatoes and peaches to use up, give this recipe a try – you will end up with approximately eight quarts of salsa to enjoy throughout the winter months.
7 lbs chopped Roma tomatoes
5 lbs peeled and chopped hard, unripe peaches
8 cups diced yellow onions
5 cups chopped green, red yellow and/or orange bell peppers
3 tbsp canning salt
3 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp black pepper
1 lb honey
6 cups cider vinegar (5%)
Place all of the ingredients into one very large sauce pot – or divide the ingredients between two somewhat large sauce pots. You should have a gorgeous rainbow mix of home-grown fruits and veggies. Bring to boiling, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the peaches have softened. With a slotted spoon, fill salsa solids into hot, sanitized jars, leaving 1¼-inch headspace. Cover with cooking liquid, which then should leave ½-inch headspace. Wipe rim and screw threads with a clean damp cloth. Add lid, screw band and tighten firmly and evenly. Process the jars in a boiling water bath, 45 minutes for quart jars and 35 minutes for pint jars.
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