|Fresh Tomato Salsa|
I had about eight pounds of tomatoes I had picked from my garden and there is no way we would be able to eat eight pounds of tomatoes in the next few days unless I got creative.
The first step is to blanch and skin the tomatoes. That sounds like a lot of work doesn't it? Well, it really isn't all that much work. If you have helpers it can be fun. Yes, you'll be getting your hands in a little bit of a mess, but it goes quickly and is worth the effort.
To blanch the tomatoes fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. I used about 12 medium tomatoes, approximately 6 pounds. That gave me 8 cups of salsa. Use your judgement as to how many tomatoes you will need based on that. While the water is heating up prepare an ice bath for the tomatoes close by the stove. Once the water comes to a boil put 3 or 4 of the tomatoes into the boiling water.
|Blanch the Tomatoes to Help with Skin Removal|
|Cool the Tomatoes in an Ice Bath|
|Peel and Core the Tomatoes|
Once you remove the core give the tomato a gentle squeeze to release most of the seed and some of the juice. I do that over the sink, but a bowl works just as well. You are going to discard the seeds and the juice.
|Squeeze to Release the Seeds and Some of the Juice|
There you have it. Once you're done you'll have a bowl of skinned and seeded tomatoes.
Now you are ready to make your salsa.
- 6 pounds fresh tomatoes, skinned and seeded
Puree three quarters of your tomatoes in a blender with the chopped garlic and jalapeno peppers. Chop the rest of the tomatoes into chunks as finely as you like. I like a little texture in my salsa. To make the salsa, just dump all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Go ahead and taste it to be sure it has the level of spice and heat you like. You can add more of whatever you like.
|The Finished Salsa|
I like to store my salsa in canning jars in the refrigerator, but remember that you haven't processed this salsa so you'll need to eat it all in the next few days. There's plenty here to share so it's a great excuse to invite a few friends over.
|Fresh Tomato Salsa Ready to Eat|