Sunday, August 23, 2009

Summer Captured in a Jar

I spent a few hours yesterday making Peach Salsa. It's a favourite in my family and the jars are closely guarded. I have been known to give away the odd sample to people I either really like or am trying to impress (haha), but it's very rare.

Want to make your own? Here's the recipe, given to me about 10 years ago by a good friend, who obviously didn't have problems with sharing.
Peach Salsa
6 cups prepared peaches (about 12 medium)
1 & 1/4 cups chopped red onion
4 jalapeƱo peppers, finely chopped (with most of the seeds removed)
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed, finely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp liquid honey
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 & 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Blanche, peel, pit and chop peaches. Combine all ingredients in large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes. Ladle salsa into sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch room at top. Wipe jar rims and put on sterilized lids. Place jars in canner with boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner and cool for 24 hours.
  • This makes 3-4 jars
  • I usually double or triple this recipe and this year ended up with 13 jars of various sizes
  • You can boil your jars or put them in the oven at 200 degrees - just put them on a cookie sheet and leave them in there while you prepare the salsa
  • Boil the lids and rounds for 5 minutes to sterilize them
  • Remember, the 'pop' is a sign of success because it means your jars sealed correctly
  • This will keep for about a year, unrefrigerated - beyond that, I don't know because we never have any left after a year

Just wanted to add:

Heather at Trends and Traditions is having a giveaway that you won't want to miss. She's giving away TWO beautiful quilts. It's definitely worth your time to go over and visit her!!!


Tonya's Sewing Room said...

sounds good, I've just finished up the last of the green beans.......i've canned more this year than ever.......but oh soooo good come the winter.

Barb said...

That is interesting, I have never heard of peach salsa...but you have been dust settling under your feet.


Thanks or the recipe!!! gotta give it a whirl!

Sara said...

I have never been a salsa eater...I canned nothing this year!!! At least last year I made refrigerator pickles...

tango's trash & treasures said...

Oh looks yummy! I've never had it either? Do you eat it like regular salsa with tortilla chips or pita chips?? I'm saving the recipe! Thank you!

Pat said...

I"m not a big salsa fan, either.....not a fan of onions, so that is a problem with salsa. I'm sure yours is great, though, for those that are salsa people!

goldenbird said...

Thanks for the recipe, it sounds good. I love salsa! Never tried peach salsa, but I have had mango and it was good. Thanks for the tip about the giveaway, too. I'm heading over now ...

Thimbleanna said...

Hmmm. I've heard of peach salsa, but never had it. What do you eat it with?

Jeanneoli said...

This sounds so good. I love mango salsa so I am going to try your recipe!!!

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Never tried peach salsa, interesting peaches with jalapenos. Is your brain still fried from trying to make your DD's dress? What's your favourite food to eat with this salsa?

PunkiePie said...

YUMMY Rachel! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

What Comes Next? said...

ohhhh! that sounds good! Thanks for sharing! Similar question to others - what do you serve it with?

Tracey said...

Sounds delicious! My sister and I are going raspberry picking on Fri. and are going to try making jam, but I have to admit, the whole canning thing makes me a bit nervous :)


Dogwood said...

Love the sound of Peach Salsa. I do not cook buy my guy does so I will give him the recipe. He loves cooking so I do other good things around the house. It works for us. Sounds like you had a fun time with your kitchen project. Thanks...Dogwood

Dogwood said...

I like your new profile photo! Very nice.

a little bit biased said...

Oh that looks so good! Hmmm. I know I don't know you but I'm wondering if you want to do a little experiment and see how the postal service would care for that salsa while getting it all the way to say, Utah? Just kidding (plus I think that's illegal to send perishable items isn't it?!?), but anyways, it sure looks good. Also, that is so fun you're doing the Bunny Hill BOM. I've been wanting to start that. Your block turned out so cute!