Sun-kissed girl and tomatoes
We've prepared this same salsa for the last few years although last year my mom made it herself as we just couldn't coordinate a time to do it together. This year my cupboard was completely bare of any salsa and I knew I couldn't make it through the year without this particular staple to my diet.
|Groovy Girl collected ALL the tomatoes for our second batch of salsa!|
Skin 20 cups of tomatoes. To do this you need to boil a pot of water, place tomatoes into hot water and watch for skins to start "popping."
1 1/2 cup cornstarch
4 cups onions, chunked up
2 cups green peppers, chunked up
2 banana peppers, chopped
5 large garlic cloves, smashed
1 jalapeno, sliced
2 cups sugar
3 T. cayenne pepper
4 tsp chili powder
2 T. cumin
1 T. coriander
4 T. salt
2 1/2 cups white vinegar
Once the tomato skins have popped scoop them out and run a little cold water over and peel skin back. Cut out the stem and down to get that odd white core out (about 1/4 down). Loosely chop tomatoes and add to food processor. After each batch is processed add it a large pot. (We only processed our tomatoes for about five quick spins-we wanted to it to be medium chunky) Save out two cups of processed tomatoes and add the corn starch in and stir to dissolve. After you finish processing tomatoes and they are cooking in large pot add onions, peppers, and garlic to food processor and quick pulse to combine. Again only a few pulses because you want to see small chunks of greens and yellows. Combine spices, peppers, and garlic into tomato pot. Stir to combine. This is a great time to do a taste test to see if you want to spice it up more. (The original recipe calls for more hot peppers and cayenne but I like it not as spicy because my kids eat it like this. We've worked hard to make it kid-friendly without compromising flavor. )
Our pot was so full we had to scoop back and forth to really mix it up. Slowly add the tomato/cornstarch mix and stir well. Cook 20-30 additional minutes.
|(My grandmother's canning pot)|
This salsa-making session will always be remembered as our Olympics-
1. We made one batch and crazily decided "let's do it again!"
2. The Olympics played non-stop on my mom's kitchen television while we (I) chopped, stirred, pulsed, and poured. I'm sure I took home a medal-14 in fact!
Our goal is to include Groovy Girl a little more each year. This year about all she wanted to do was gather the tomatoes but next year she will help a little more. Eventually my mom will have taught me how to do all that fancy canning stuff on my own and Groovy Girl will by my helper. I clearly remember making jam in my grandmother's kitchen. She sat in her green chair while my mom and I took out samples to her so she could check our progress. The cycle keeps turning.