So I would say that the tomato harvest hasn’t been too shabby this year. Even now into October, we are still getting some that are turning red and ready to be picked. Sure, we’ve had some split open on the vine or have bugs get to a few. Last year these would have gone into the compost pile and there is nothing wrong with that, but it is soo much more rewarding to toss them to the chickens and ducks. It is a lot of fun to see the flock run after them and how everyone tries to get a piece of the treat.
But we get a bunch of tomatoes that are brought in and ready to be washed and used. The thing is that I don’t really like eating raw tomato, so I’m not just going to hunk one up in a salad. And the question becomes, just what to do with all of these tomatoes that are piling up. I’ve made and canned some tomato sauce and that is always good to have, but after a while, the question becomes, do I really want to make more of it.
Well, I had another idea. Why not make some salsa? After all, the main ingredient to most is tomatoes, which I have. I also had a number of peppers that were building up. Usually, cilantro is called for, but I’m not the biggest fan. There are all sorts of substitutes listed for cilantro, but one that keeps coming up is basil. You know what is growing rather well between the tomato plants? Some basil. I did go out to purchase a jalapeno since I don’t use all that many I figure it isn’t worth growing them. When I got there I found Hatch Green Chilis, so I went with those instead.
Overall the process was rather simple. Once everything was washed it got chunked up and tossed into a pot. I brought it up to a boil then simmered a little while. Next, it was into some cans for a quick and easy water bath canning. According to Ball I only had to process them for about 5 minutes, which was rather nice.
The next thing I need to do is make tacos one night so that I can try it out.
But how about the rest of you, what do you do with your tomatoes? Leave a comment in the section below!