Roasted Salsa for Canning

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Harry S Truman

This recipe comes from Monica at www.TheYummyLife.com. This website is unbelievably great and, if you are new to canning like I am, it is a must. Many outstanding recipes are clearly defined step by step along with great photos and even tutorials!

Hopefully Monica won’t mind, but I made just a few minor tweaks to her original recipe. First, I cut the original large batch recipe in half. Second, I substituted shallots for onions. Third, for her ½ cup of cider vinegar, I substituted a ¼ cup of lime juice and ¼ cup of cider vinegar. Last, I added 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar to offset the bite of the peppers and vinegar.

For Monica’s detailed instructions and step-by-step photos, see the full post and the original recipe at http://www.theyummylife.com/blog/2011/09/234

I’ve only made this recipe once and, even with my subtle substitutions, it was very hot. I’m a wimp and it was way too hot for me. Next time I plan to cut back on the peppers by substituting shallots and I will eliminate the red pepper flakes altogether.

Makes 4 Pints

Ingredients:
• 4 lbs. (approx. 16-20) roma/plum tomatoes
• 1 lb. Anaheim peppers (approx. 5 to 6) (add jalapenos for added heat and adjust quantity to equal 1 lb)
• 2 medium shallots (or substitute 2 med. onions)
• 4 garlic cloves
• ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
• ½ tablespoon + ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano (or regular oregano)
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup bottled lime juice (for canning safety, don’t use fresh)
• ¼ cup bottled lime juice & ¼ cup cider vinegar (or substitute 1/2 cup cider vinegar as in the orig. recipe)
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 ½ teaspoons sugar (not included in the original recipe)
• ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional (add to taste for a hotter salsa)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Core and cut tomatoes in half. On large baking sheets, place tomatoes cut side down, peppers, quartered onions, & garlic cloves. Roast in preheated oven 30 min., removing garlic after 15 min. Skin of tomatoes and peppers should be blistered and partially blackened. Cover pan for 10 minutes; steam will make peeling skin easier. Remove tomato skins. * Wearing plastic gloves, remove skin, seeds and stems from peppers (or leave seeds if you want hotter salsa). In batches, place onions, garlic, cilantro, peppers & tomatoes in food processor and chop to desired consistency; transfer to 5 quart pan. Add lime juice, vinegar, water, cumin, oregano, salt, & pepper. If any juices remain in roasting pan, add those, too. Stir together. Add crushed red pepper flakes to taste, if more heat is desired.

*Note: If you prefer, you may leave the skin on the roasted tomatoes. Be sure to puree them in a blender or food processor before the other ingredients in order to finely chop the skin.

FOR WATER PROCESS CANNING: Bring salsa to boil on stove top; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Add to hot sterilized jars leaving 1/2″ of headspace, and water process in water canner 15 minutes for half pints, 20 minutes for pints. Turn off heat, and leave jars in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove from canner and let rest undisturbed for 12-24 hours.

For canning safety:
–In order to ensure a safe pH level, do not alter the ratio of tomatoes to peppers, onions, lime juice, and vinegar. Seasonings may be adjusted, if desired.
–Follow jar preparation and processing recommended by the USDA; see canning safety guidelines at http://www.freshpreserving.com

Chipotle Fig Jam

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs figs, chopped
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
4 tablespoons lemon juice, plus a few lemon slices if desired
1-1½ canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped — to taste, depending on your desired spice level

DIRECTIONS:

Chop your figs according to how chunky you want your jam, and place in a large non-reactive pot. Cover with sugar and let macerate for 30 minutes to an hour.

Add water, lemon juice, and lemon slices if using, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and stir regularly to prevent scorching.

After an hour, if needed, use a potato masher to break up the figs. Stir in the chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

Cook another 15-20 minutes, or until the jam has reached a consistency you like.

Ladle into hot jars, and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.

Yields 4 half pints

Fuzzy Navel Jam

INGREDIENTS:

3-1/2 cups peaches, peeled and chopped

1 large orange

2 cups sugar

3 T. Peach Schnapps

3 T. Ball Flex batch low sugar/no sugar pectin

DIRECTIONS:

Using a vegetable peeler or a knife cut away just the outer rind of the entire orange without taking too much of the pith (white part). Using a knife cut the rind into slivers and set aside. Using a knife or your hands peel away the pith and segment the orange. Cut off any of the white part inside the orange as that is bitter and will leave an unpleasant taste to your jam. Chop the orange and set aside. Cooking: In a stainless steel pot combine peaches, orange, and rind. Simmer, for 10 to 15 minutes or until peaches are tender. Add sugar and peach schnapps and bring back to a boil.

Add pectin stirring in completely. Bring it back to a boil and do not stir for one minute. This will help activate the pectin. Remove from heat.

Ladle jam into hot, sterilized half pint canning jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill if necessary. Wipe rims, and add hot lids and rings. Process in water bath canner for 10 minutes. You will start timing once the water comes to a full boil.

Makes 5 half pints.

Balsamic Fig Jam

“A messy kitchen is the sign of happiness.”

Figs are beginning to ripen in East Texas and luckily we have friends with fig trees on their properties. I’d never done any canning before so this first time was rather laborious and time-consuming but I’m now looking forward to trying out additional recipes. Without patting myself on the back too much, I must say that this is the best fig jam I have ever tasted … the aroma and tastes of the vanilla and balsamic vinegar really make it unbelievably pleasing.

This recipe was adapted from CookingMadly.com. It makes six half-pint (8-oz) jars.

(PS … Since originally posting this recipe, I’ve been able to repeat it several times and it is undoubtedly the best canning recipe I’ve made.)

Beginning to simmer in the pot

Beginning to simmer in the pot


Ingredients:
3 pounds fresh figs
2 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns, tied into a sachet
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons vanilla
A great breakfast or snack!

A great breakfast or snack!


Instructions:
1. Wash the figs, remove the stems, and coarsely chop them.
2. In a large saucepan, add the figs, sugar, balsamic vinegar, peppercorn sachet, and lemon juice. Bring them to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring to break up large pieces of fig, until the jam reaches 220°F, about 45 minutes to an hour.
3. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir well. Depending on your preference, you can use an immersion blender to puree the jam.
4. Ladle into sterilized jars, wipe the rims, add lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

Kristen’s Nutella Brownies

“Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions; chocolate understands.”

Our seven year old niece’s favorite food is Nutella so it was only natural that we would make something using this gooey and delicious spread. Nutella can be really messy so have plenty of paper towels on hand!

Ready for the oven....

Ready for the oven….

This recipe is found on many websites and all over Pinterest. Our inspiration came from Food.com and had been posted by a user named “A Nice Czech Girl.”

Prep Time: 15 mins. Cook Time: 15 mins. Servings: 12

Ingredients:

½ cup Nutella
1 large egg
5 T all-purpose flour
12 Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses (chopped nuts can be substituted)

Directions:

Fresh out of the oven ....

Fresh out of the oven ….

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use paper or foil liners in a 12-cup mini muffin pan.

2. Whisk the Nutella and egg together in a medium mixing bowl until well blended. Add the flour and whisk until well blended.

3. Spoon the batter into each prepared muffin cup until about ¾ full. Top each brownie with a Hershey’s milk chocolate kiss.

4. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack.