I woke up this morning excited, knowing that by day’s end I would once again have homemade salsa under my roof.
Last year, for some inexplicable reason, I only made five pints.
They were gone in a month. This year I am determined to make enough salsa to last well into next year. In order to do that, I need lots of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeño peppers. My tomatoes aren’t looking so good this year, but peppers I’ve got! Violet and I headed out to the garden this morning to see what we could find.
That last photo was taken at 10:30pm. I was just waiting to take the jars out of the water bath. My second batch of salsa was actually a double batch, so now I’ve made three batches (12 pints).
I’m seriously having some anxiety about buying so many tomatoes (and onions). I’m trying not to freak out, but there is a case of buyer’s remorse going on. The problem is that I’m imagining the tomatoes going bad before I can get to them all. I keep reminding myself that the tomatoes aren’t going to go bad overnight and some of them aren’t completely ripe yet anyway. In addition to the salsa, I want to make ketchup and barbecue sauce and those recipes use up a lot of tomatoes.
I will just have to take it day by day and chug away on preserving these tomatoes. Wish me luck!