This year was a good year for gardening, especially tomatoes. Now I don’t garden but I have a great “retired” brother-in-law who loves it and loves to share so I am more than happy to oblige.
This summer, there was no time for canning, so I peeled, quartered and froze in gallon freezer bags. Here are some of the bounty.
And here is a picture of the cook off.
Before I continue there is one – Note to self: only make one batch at a time. I feel like the first batch is pretty good while the second is iffy.
- redwine vinegar
- lime juice
I would add to the first batch and when I thought about it, add ingredients to the second. I needed the first ones ready because that is my pot for the water bath.
The first batch was ready, pot is washed and now time for the water bath. I could only do nine jars at a time so I had to let the others sit in hot water in the sink until ready. I let them boil for 15 minutes and then add the next load.
Now, it could be that by now it is almost 9 p.m. and I’m missing the Aggies whooping up on Louisiana Tech (how about that Johnny Football?) or maybe just because I’m tired or maybe sometimes I bite off more than I can chew but I just couldn’t get the flavor right on the second batch.
I am really hesitant to share any of my questionable salsa with friends and family. If they happen to get one of the iffy ones, that could totally mess up a friendship. It would start off polite, yes “thanks for the salsa” and then they would start avoiding me. Co-workers would start calling in sick. Family would stop returning my calls or coming to visit.
Oh well what can you do? For me, it’s salsa time and I think I know where the good stuff is.