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Monday, September 8, 2008

Tomato Salsa!

Look at these beauties!


Even though my tomatoes did not do so well this year due to the deer and the drought, my husband's parents have been getting quite a few tomatoes - and all at once. So they were so kind as to bring us some. This has been great for us, for what is summer without a BLT sandwich with fresh, home-grown tomato?

So thanks to them, we have had salsa, BLT's, and I was able to freeze several quarts of tomatoes for soups and chili's this winter.

Here are some pictures of the salsa I made. It's just tomatoes, some pepper, onion, garlic, corn, black beans, and a seasoning mix I had. To prepare the tomatoes I did the traditional concasse, that is, core and score, boil to loosen the skins, plunge into ice water, peel, seed, and chop. It's a little bit of work but the only way for good salsa. This is what I did before freezing the tomatoes as well. The seasoning mix I used for the salsa said you could eat it fresh, can it, or freeze it. I really didn't want to do any canning but the freezing intrigued me. I was worried it would be really watery though when thawed. Has anyone ever tried freezing salsa? If so, please share your results, I am so curious.


A pot of boiling tomatoes



Delicious Salsa, where are the chips?




13 comments:

Gail said...

Or you could serve the salsa with fried eggs and call them Huevos Rancheroes. Beautiful and delicious!

gail

Cindy said...

Gail - Delicious idea. And my husband has been wanting eggs. I think that will be a good dinner one night!

PGL said...

Lovely looking salsa Cindy. So fresh & tasty.

Wendy Christensen said...

That salsa looks ultra yummy :) ---

DP Nguyen said...

Hi Cindy- What great looking salsa. Yum, I want some chips to dip in that yummy and colorful salsa.

tina said...

Yes, where are the chips? Looks so good!

Dave said...

Ah looks good! Now you just need guacamole and chips!

TC said...

Yummy! That looks delicious Cindy! And I'm close enough to ya to smell it from here!

Eve said...

UMmm. That looks so good. I was very lafy this year about turning my tomatoes into any thing. I just sliced them, popped them in a zip lock, dated and froze them. I need to get them out one cold day and make sauce or something. They take up a lot of space in the freezer, just popped in like that.
But in my defense, I was trying to keep up with the beans all Summer. And they do need to be blanched. So, squash and tomatoes pretty much just got pushed to the side.

Cindy said...

Hi Everyone ~ Yes, I should provide some virtual chips and guac (if only that avocado tree would produce some!)

TC ~ Thanks for following my blog :) It prompted me to start following myself - although more of just a social networking thing, as I like to use Reader to keep up with blog updates.

Eve ~ At least you got them in the freezer! There'll be time to make them into something tasty later, when the beans are finished!

Rose said...

Looks delicious! I've never tried freezing salsa, but it's worth trying a small batch. I bet it would taste better than the canned jars you buy.

Cinj said...

I've never frozen salsa either, but it is very intriguing. It does look super yummy, it almost makes me regret not buying prepared bagged foods from the grocery store anymore. It's a new phase of mine. Who knows how long it will last though? I have enjoyed you blog and plan to come back!

Cynthia said...

Oh wow that looks so good! I'll make some homemade tortillas to go with your salsa if you are willing to share some of it! :)