OK, so ended up making some salsa today. I don't think we made any last year so ...we were obviously out. It is sooo good... ended up with 22 pints amongst the three of us-Auntie Carla and my mom were up to do some as well. I have enough for one more double batch that I will cook down later tonight. It took from 1 until now, 530, to do what we did. The cooking down is what takes so long. Then, of course, you have to process the jars to make a seal.
Here is the recipe we used...you can adjust the "hotness" of it by adding more jalapeno peppers.
7 cups diced, seeded, peeled , cored tomoatoes (about 5 lbs.) I do not peel them. I do take the stems out and take the seeds out. Then I run them through the food processor to get whatever "chunkiness" you want.
6 green onions, sliced
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs. minced cilantro
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vinegar, 5% acidity
2 tbs. lime juice
4 drops hot pepper sauce
**combine all ingredients (again I use the food processor to dice/mince/chop all of the ingredients) in large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. (it takes longer than this to reduce the water off the salsa...it takes about 1 hour actually) Carefully ladle hot salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe jar rims clean. Place lid on jar with seal next to glass. Screw band down evenly and firmly just until a point of resistance is met-fingertip tight.
Process in boiling water 15 minutes. (make sure the water is up over the jar by 1 inch)
Makes about 4 pints. (if you are lucky)
I always double the batch. It really boils down and doesn't make what is says. I did 15 pounds today for a double batch and we got 8 pints out of it. But it is SOOOO worth it. The local grocery store sold me tomatoes for 1.00 a pound since I was getting 30 pounds....and I am going to go and get 10 more pounds to do this next batch with. I will, more than likely, do another canning in August again. I love to hand the salsa , with a bag of chips of course, out as gifts. It is a huge hit!!!