As the tomatoes thawed, there was quite a bit of watery liquid. I thought about pouring some of it off, but decided to keep it this time. This gallon of tomatoes yielded six cups of tomato product.
I got out my frozen jalapeno peppers. I didn't get any peppers canned last summer either, but I did freeze up a quart of chopped peppers just for this possibility. Following my regular salsa recipe, which is scribbled on a piece of paper, with these frozen vegetables was all guess work.
I splurged and bought some fresh cilantro for this batch of salsa, just because we really like it. My regular recipe calls for 5 onions, so I dutifully chopped up 5 onions. This was a mistake.
The salsa looks great, but it turned out to be onion salsa instead of tomato salsa. The onion flavor was VERY strong. Luckily we like onions, but I found this salsa was better cooked into something than used as is.
We ran out of the onion salsa last week, so this week I got out another gallon of tomatoes. Thus begins experiment #2.
This time I poured off most of the watery liquid after the tomatoes thawed, and I only got 3 cups after I removed the skins and cores.
I used a few more frozen jalapenos, since the last batch was very mild aside from the over powering presence of onions.
Initially, I only used one onion, but there weren't quite enough, or so I guessed. So I added another half of an onion I had in the frig. The reusable wraps are great.
I had fun taking a picture of adding the salt. Just because.
This time I used some of the cilantro I dried last spring from the herb bed. I have read that dried isn't near as strong as fresh, so I doubled the amount. I have also heard that dried isn't worth using, so we will see after this has had a couple of days to sit and blend flavors.
I have my fingers crossed that this batch will taste much better. We seldom cook with tomatoes of any kind anymore, so I will keep using our frozen tomatoes for salsa until we can make some fresh next summer.
I really enjoy experiments like this. It gives us yet another opportunity to learn something new. I hope you're planning for your garden, we certainly are. We're going to leave potatoes out of our garden this year. Frank and I have introduced a low carbohydrate regimen into our diet. We plan this to be a life long change for the better. So our garden plans are changing somewhat to provide the new things we are eating.
Until next time - Fern