Well it took several hours last night, but all of those fresh tomatoes that my mom and I peeled Tuesday evening are now SALSA!! After much peeling and chopping of onions and jalapenos and garlic, and much stirring, my kitchen counter is covered with 12 quarts and 13 pints of delicious homemade salsa. That is over FOUR GALLON OF SALSA!!! If you'd like my step-by-step recipe, please head here for all the details!
Now I know I said "all" the tomatoes are now salsa but that's not exactly true. I still have one gallon of tomatoes in my refrigerator but it was late and we were tired, so I'll make another "batch" on Saturday.
If you've never had homemade salsa I encourage you to give it a try. It is very easy and very forgiving so if you've never "canned" before, this is the place to begin. You don't have to use a pressure cooker, just a boiling water bath which is a fancy word for a big pot full of water. It truly is worth every bit of effort. It is delicious, and eating our home canned salsa gives us a feeling of accomplishment that I really can't describe. Maybe it's just us, but we LOVE our homemade salsa.