Roast tomatoes, jalapeño and onions make this picante salsa perfect for fresh, quick Mexican meals. Try with tacos, grilled steak or fish.
4 Pint Jars (16 oz)
3 lb plum tomatoes, cored
¾ lb jalapeño peppers
4 garlic cloves
1 medium white onion, cut into ½ inch rings
2 tsp salt
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup bottled lime juice
Water Bath Canning
FIRST, LET'S PREP!
Preheat oven to 425°. Cover a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; arrange plum tomatoes, whole jalapeños, garlic cloves and white onion slices in a single layer. Roast for 20 minutes; remove garlic from baking sheet and roast 20 minutes more or until vegetables are very soft and beginning to char.
Transfer jalapeños to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at least 15 minutes.
Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands.
NEXT, TIME TO COOK!
Remove skins from tomatoes. Coarsely chop tomatoes, onions and garlic; place in a medium saucepan. Peel, seed and mince jalapeño peppers; add to tomato mixture along with salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro and lime juice; remove from heat.
DID YOU KNOW?
To guarantee the most delicious preserved foods, always begin with the best-quality produce at its peak of ripeness.
NEXT, LET'S CAN IT!
Ladle hot salsa into a hot jar leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling-water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
Water must cover jars by 1 inch. Adjust heat to medium-high, cover canner, and bring water to a rolling boil. Process pint jars for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat and remove cover. Let jars cool 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner; do not retighten bands if loose. Cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.