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Make Your Own Flavorful Salsa at Home - It's Easy!

May 2, 2008
Families have passed from generation to generation their favorite homemade salsa recipes. This tradition of passing on to successive generations this 'family treasure' allows them to be able to taste the flavors their ancestors enjoyed possibly hundreds of years before.

It's very convenient to drive to your nearby grocer and purchase a jar of salsa off the shelf, but making your own at home can be quite rewarding! If you have had a productive garden this year and have an overstock of peppers and tomatoes, salsa is the perfect way to go!

Once you do this, you may find that making salsa and stocking up your pantry each year will be a regular goal of yours! You only need a basic supply to make salsa, a simple recipe and the process of making the salsa.

Typical salsa ingredients contain more or less of the following: green pepper, Jalapeno, tomatoes, red chili pepper, garlic salt or powder, onion, cilantro, lemon juice. Don't be afraid to experiment!

As you can see, homemade salsa is full of vitamins and antioxidants that are known to keep your body stay healthy!

Modify the ingredients to your taste - Adding more jalapenos and other peppers will make for a hotter and spicier salsa. Alternatively, for a milder salsa, reduce the number of peppers and add more tomatoes.

The full flavor and strength of spices deteriorate over time so make sure to use fresh spices. And always use fresh oils. Like spices, oils lose their flavor over time and some can go rancid if kept too long.

When making salsa in your kitchen, be sure to put on a clean pair of rubber gloves to avoid skin irritation from the chili peppers. And keep the gloves from your face when handling hot peppers.

You will need all the supplies that you typically need when you are preserving tomatoes. You will need canning jars, lids and bands, a hot water bath canner, a large pot to cook the salsa, strainer, jar lifter, large bowl, and the ingredients from your recipe. Thoroughly wash all the utensils you will be using and boil the jars and bands. Warm the lids but don't boil them. Leave the jars and the lids in the hot water up until the time you are ready to fill them.

You can also store them in your freezer. After making a large batch simply divide it into small containers and freeze them. You'll be able to enjoy fresh-tasting salsa year round!
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It's easy to drive to your favorite grocery store and pick up a jar of salsa off the shelf, but making it in your own kitchen can be very rewarding! Salsa Tips and Tricks Make Your Own Salsa at Home
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