Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This is my first year making freezer salsa. I hope to eventually make some canned salsa since I saw online frozen will only last about 3 months. Anyway, this is a combination of a couple recipes I found online. The kids and I love it! It's just spicy enough to say "oh, that's a bit spicy", but not too much. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I also hope we enjoy it after it's frozen.
6-9 cups quartered and peeled roma tomatoes (look online how to get the skins off easier in boiled water)
2 large onions, quartered
2 bell peppers of your color, seeded and quartered
4 jalapeno peppers seeded and halved
2 ancho peppers
3 cloves garlic, skinned
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon oil
juice of 1/2 lime (or a smidgen more)
1 tablespoon honey
1-2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste.
1. Process all veggies a bit at a time in food processor till in very small pieces.
2. Mix all together when finished.
3. Mix together the vinegar, oil, lime juice, honey, salt, paprika and cayenne. Add into the above mixture and stir well.
4. Taste your salsa. It should be really good. Adjust a bit as needed but realize the more it's together in the freezer, the more the flavors will meld together.
5. Put in freezer containers or bags. I like to do 1 cup at a time.
6. To thaw, just pull a bag/jar out of the freezer and put in the refrigerator. It should be ready to eat in a day or two.
A few notes:
1. I read online that if freezing salsa, it's best to process it in a food processor and make the pieces more fine like a restaurant salsa. That way the texture is not funny.
2. I also read that if you like a thicker salsa, bring your processed ingredients to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes or so. That will cause some of the water to evaporate, giving you a thicker salsa.
3. Make sure to wear gloves when cutting or doing anything with your hot peppers. Also avoid touching your eyes or nose. If your eyes or nose comes into contact with the peppers, flush with milk not water!