I do not generally like tomatoes. Unless they’re squashed, like in ketchup, spaghetti sauce or salsa, I pass. However, my husband somehow thought it would be an excellent idea to grow tomatoes this year, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re doing great. To top it off, our weekly CSA share box has been overflowing with heirloom, slicer, roma and cherry tomatoes for the past three weeks. What is a tomato-hater to do? (Especially when she doesn’t know how to can anything other than jam?) Make salsa!
My husband improvised the first batch. It was okay but way too sweet. Maybe it was because he mostly used those yellow-orange cherry tomatoes that people say taste like candy. Anyway, it needed more salt. And more of something else je ne sais quoi. I needed to get in there with my two cents for batch number two and together this is what we came up with: a nicely flavour-blended juicy batch of summery salsa goodness. It used up most of our bounty of tomatoes and we’ve been eating it everyday on everything on almost everything. I almost can say I’m excited for our next harvest so we can make more. This will last about 2 weeks in your refrigerator.
Summer Fresh Salsa
8 cups fresh tomatoes (any kind), diced
1 small-medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3-1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped (to taste)
1/4 cup lime juice (more to taste)
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, chopped
1 red chile pepper, chopped
2 tsp salt (more to taste)
This salsa can be hand cut if you like your salsa chunky, or you can use a food processor or do it half and half like we did. For food processing, first process onion, garlic, peppers, cilantro and lime juice until you reach a desired consistency. Add tomatoes, half at a time, pulsing until just bigger than pea-sized. Basically you don’t want it completely liquified. Pour everything into a strainer to get rid of excess juice. Taste and add more salt, lime, cilantro as desired. Once this has sat for a couple hours it is extra tasty. And no, we didn’t find that the peppers made it too hot at all. In fact, we actually used 2 jalapeños in this recipe, but I subtracted one so you wouldn’t be scared off.
Makes A Lot!
Now I encourage you to head over to the Food Renegade’s blog to find more healthy recipes and read some interesting health and food-related posts at the Fight Back Friday Carnival . The Food Renegade’s contribution this week is about the Dangers of Soy. Did you know that a baby consuming the recommended amount of soy formula is ingesting the same amount of estrogen contained in FOUR birth control pills? Wow! I didn’t. To learn more, click on the link provided.