For those who have a vegetable garden or frequent their local farmer’s market in the summer months, now is a perfect time to make yummy garden salsa. This year we have an abundance of tomatoes in our garden so it’s great to have such a tasty use for them. Fresh salsa is fun to make and when canned properly is so nice to have all year long.

Ingredients needed:

  • 30 tomatoes (blanched and blended)
  • 3 bell peppers (chopped)
  • 12 tomatillos (blended)
  • 3 white onions (chopped)
  • 3 jalapeño peppers (chopped)
  • 2 Serrano peppers (chopped)
  • 2 heads of garlic (minced)
  • 1 mango (chopped)
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • ¼ cup pickling lime
  • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)

The first step is to blanch the tomatoes to remove all skins.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and submerge tomatoes for 1-2 minutes until skins begin to crack or bubble. Remove from boiling water and place tomatoes into an ice bath. Avoid burned fingertips by making sure the tomatoes have had a chance to cool down. Once skins are removed, the second step is to put tomatoes into a food processor (on sale now at Kohl’s!) to blend. Add tomatillos, onions, and peppers to the food processor. Place contents of food processor into a large pot to simmer. Add garlic, mango, vinegar, and pickling lime to pot. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes and add the cilantro to the pot last. The third step is to prepare the jars for canning by sterilizing them in boiling water for 10 minutes. The lids must also be sterilized but remove them from boiling water after 1 minute to avoid melting the seal. After sterilization the jars can be filled with the salsa. This is a great time to get kids involved! With parent help and a funnel kids love helping to fill the jars. Once full put lids on the jars and submerse in boiling water for 30 minutes. Allow the jars to cool and check that the button on the lids is firm. Enjoy!

Written by Jennifer Johnson