Señor Miller’s Homegrown Tomato Salsa

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Señor Miller's Homegrown Tomato Salsa

Señor Miller

First, let me preface this post by saying that no matter how awesome this salsa recipe turns out, the highlight of the post will always be the last photo at the end of the post. Adam and I are totally and unapologetically dorks, and the photo at the end of this post proves that beyond all else. So there.

Now, onto salsa and the homegrown tomatoes.

I know we’ve kind of given up posting photos of our garden this summer. I wish we’d kept it up, but at this point it’s such a mess back there that I wouldn’t dare take photos. That said, we’re still getting a nice crop from our 8 pathetic-looking tomato plants. And they’re *tasty* this year, unlike the store-bought flavour of last year’s tomatoes. All of the tomatoes this year have been quite small, but man, are they GOOD. Full of that garden-fresh flavour you expect. Yum.

Last weekend we finally had enough to do something with, so we made a batch of Spicy Tomato Salsa to can. We didn’t quite have the 12 cups in called for, so we halved the recipe and made 3 pint jars.

The full recipe, from Bernardin’s Complete Book of Home Preserving:

  • 9 dried chili peppers (yeah, we didn’t dry our peppers… we just subbed in the same quantity of non-dried cayennes from our garden… had we planned ahead maybe we would’ve dried)
  • Hot water (due to the above, we didn’t use this)
  • 12 cups diced, cored, peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cups chopped red onion
  • 1.5 cups tightly packed finely chopped cilantro
  • 15 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 jalapeño peppers, seeded, and chopped (leave some seeds in for more heat)
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
  1. (this is the step we skipped because of the non-dried chilies): In a heatproof glass or stainless steel bowl, combine dried chilies with hot water to cover. Weigh chilies down with bowl or a weight to ensure they remain submerged, and soak until softened – about 15 minutes. Drain off half of the water, transfer to blender and purée until smooth.
  2. Prepare canner, jars, and lids.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to boil over med-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce to simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
  4. Ladle into jars, leaving 1/2″ headspace, removing all bubbles, whip rim and seal.
  5. Boil for 15 minutes, then turn off heat, remove lid and let sit for 5 before removing.

Mmmm.

And onto the promised dorkiness. Our labels. This was inspired by two things: (1) Adam suggesting we do fun labels for all of our different projects, and me telling him he’s nuts. For this one he jokingly suggested him with a “pencil mustache”… and (2) Me having actual photos of Adam with a ridiculous handlebar mustache from when he shaved off his goatee. And having photoshop.

So we ended up with this:

Dorkiness defined?

Dorkiness defined?

Or for a closer look:

Señor Miller himself!

Señor Miller himself!

Oh yes. We are just that awesome. The best part is that we fully intend to keep all of the salsa for ourselves and not give it away, so the amusement was entirely for our sake. And I guess for the blog posting..

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5 Responses to “Señor Miller’s Homegrown Tomato Salsa”

  1. Amber Says:

    That’s pretty awesome!

  2. Shane Says:

    Are you really planning to keep it all for yourself or are you trying to drive up demand to artificially inflate your prices?

  3. Mowlgi’s Tomato Sauce « Life at No. 71 Says:

    […] ended up making a full batch of 6 x 500mL jars of salsa (with the awesome label), and a small batch of tomato sauce. Bernardin said the recipe below would […]

  4. Samantha Mathews Says:

    YUM!!! Just made these and took my first bite. Nice! Had my two kiddos help me make them. YUM YUM YUM! I have a cooking recipe site as well and Id like to exchange links with you. Let me know if this is possible. Thanks.

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    […] 10th, 2009: Señor Miller’s Homemade Tomato Salsa Once we decided that our garden was on it’s last legs, we decided to get every last tomato […]

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