Summer is a time for hot weather, swimming at the lake and trips to the local farmers market. In our area, fresh peaches and tomatoes are in season. Yesterday, I had 80 pounds of tomatoes and 60 pounds of peaches delivered to me. I decided to tackle the tomatoes first. I froze 40 pounds and will make them in sauces etc. later. With the other 40 pounds I decided to make salsa. Last night, after working a full day I peeled the 40 pounds of tomatoes and chopped them into chunks. I peeled and chopped numerous cloves of garlic , 30 jalapeño peppers, 10 pounds of onions and green peppers. I added the remaining ingredients to prepped vegetables. But by then, it was 12:30 and I was powering out. It was way to late to cook and process the salsa. So I emptied the contents of my fridge and put it in into coolers. Then I filled up the fridge with my prepped salsa ingredients to wait until tonight.
I thought it would go quickly but I was wrong. Here it is midnight again and I just put the last of my jars in the canner. I’m lucky to have inherited my Grandmothers canner. It is so big! I love it. I can fit lots of jars. It will even let you stack for multiple layers. It would have taken me twice as long with my old canner.
So why do I do it? It is so satisfying to make things for your family from scratch. I love seeing those jars lined up on the counter and hearing them pop! It doesn’t feel like work and It’s so worth while.
As I wait for my final batch to finish processing I just realized I’ve made about 5 years worth of salsa. What was I thinking?