Canning Salsa: Passing on a Family Tradition
Growing up we canned or froze everything we grew in our garden. We raised a large garden and loaded up on Saturdays to sell at the Farmers Market. The produce we didn’t sell, went into some form of canned product for us to eat in the winter. So it was nice to always have a part of the garden bounty all winter long. I did not appreciate the long hours snapping beans and coring tomatoes until I went to college. It was there I ate my first canned store bought green bean! Not impressed would be an understatement! Then I thought I’d try store bought tomato juice because maybe it was just the green beans. Nope, my chili’s and soups did not have that same depth of flavor as homemade canned tomato juice. Thank goodness my mom loves to share food because every trip home for 3 1/2 years while at UK, I hauled back enough home canned items to last until the next trip!
When I got married, I couldn’t wait to plant a garden! It was only large enough supply us with fresh veggies to eat. We lived in an apartment so there wasn’t a lot of room for canning supplies so I would go to my mom’s or mother in laws and have a big time canning with them out of their gardens. When we moved into our house, my garden doubled in size and I gathered up everyone’s leftover or hand me down canners and supplies. My husband thought I was crazy at first because he said we could buy it cheaper than the time and effort it took to can it. However, he now enjoys the freshness, full flavor and pride that comes along with home preservation.
I’ve always thought when I retired from my daytime gig that I would want to do something with food. Sell value added products, cater or sell food at the Farmers Market. So when my husband was building his farm shop, I asked if I could include a commercial kitchen that I could use when I was able to retire but in the meantime, I could use it as a canning kitchen. That kitchen has been one of the best investments for multiple reason but the number one is that it makes canning a breeze! I went on and had the kitchen certified and went to training for homebased microprocessing and better process control school to be prepared for retirement 10+ years from now! LOL! But until then, I would like to share my family canning tradition with others. So one goal of The Coles Life will be food preservation video tutorials and maybe even some local classes if there is interest!
A great starter canning product is salsa! I have several recipes I use for salsa but the video below shows a great starter recipe that is super easy only three ingredients: tomatoes, store bought pre-made spice mix and white vinegar. Boom! Salsa! Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy canning!