Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Green Tomato Canning 2009

This year we made Farmgirl Susan's Green Tomato Relish (front) again, as well as a new recipe for Green Tomato Salsa (back). Once again, I got overwhelmed with all the chopping and my sweet husband ended up doing most of it for me.

We used this recipe I found on the Gardenweb forums for the salsa, except I changed it to be 6 cups green tomatoes and 3 cups onions, (instead of 5 & 4) because that seemed to be a lot of onions for my taste. I checked the Blue Book, which said the tomatoes are more acidic than onions, so I figured it was a safe substitution. We only got 4 pints out of it instead of 5 like it says. This is the full recipe:

Green Salsa

Yield: 5 pints

6 cups chopped green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups seeded, chopped long green chiles
1/2 cup seeded finely chopped jalapeƱos
3 cups chopped onions
1 cup bottled lemon juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp ground cumin*
3 Tbsp oregano leaves *
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and stir frequently over high heat until mixture begins to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle hot salsa into pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner 15 minutes at 0-1,000 feet altitude; 20 minutes at 1,001-6,000 feet; 25 minutes above 6,000 feet.

The relish was once again delicious, and the salsa wasn't bad either! It was definitely tart, which might not be to everyone's liking. However I really like tart things, and so does my partner, so we both thought it was very tasty.

I had it on burritos with spanish rice, roasted frozen bell peppers from the garden, onions & potatoes with oregano & cumin, and Soyrizo. The peppers, onions & potatoes came out so tender and tasty!

The only thing I did different this time was roasting them on 425 instead of 375 or 400. The higher temp was just right. I think it took about 40 minutes - stirred once in the middle.

Here's the whole burrito. It was so big I could hardly fold it into a wrap. I had to eat it with a fork and knife. Mmm just looking at it is making my mouth water. I love Mexican food!

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