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TOMATO PESTO

4 Sep

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1 cup roasted tomatoes, can be Romas or cherry tomatoes 

1/4 cup almonds (you can use whatever nut is available or pine nuts)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese 

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1/3-1/2 cup good quality olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon (add if you feel it needs additional acidity…I usually do)

 

Add your basil, roasted tomatoes, almonds, salt, garlic, and cheese to the processor.  Pulse several times until ingredients are combined.  Slowly drizzle the oil into the food processor via the tube as the processor is running.  Add only as much oil as you need to reach the proper consistency.  Taste the pesto and adjust seasoning.  Add lemon juice if desired for additional acidity. Pulse pesto one last time to combine before scooping the mixture into ice cube trays, muffin cups, or jars to freeze.  Once frozen, the pesto in the ice cube trays and muffin cups can be removed and placed in a freezer bag for storage.  If you want to keep this pesto in the refrigerator for a few days rather than freezing, place the mixture in a jar and pour a little olive oil on top to prevent it from darkening.  

 

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Canning The Best Salsa EVER

2 May

304505_10150321901533407_1960965_n original Recipe from http://www.freshpreserving.com/home.aspx
All pictures taken by Ronata Stapel

Makes about 6 (16oz) pints or 12 (8oz) half pints
Traditional salsa with a kick! Use whatever type of chili peppers your family prefers.

                    You will need:

10 cups chopped cored peeled tomatoes (about 25 medium)
5 cups chopped seeded green bell peppers (about 4 large)
5 cups chopped onions (about 6 to 8 medium)
2-1/2 cups chopped seeded chili peppers, such as hot banana, Hungarian wax, Serrano or jalapeño (about 13 medium)
 1-1/4 cups cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp hot pepper sauce, optional
6 (16oz) pint or 12 (8oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
Canner or large pot with rack and lid
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                    Directions:

1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until read
y for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE tomatoes, green peppers, onions, chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, cilantro, salt and hot pepper sauce, if using, in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
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3.) LADLE hot salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot salsa. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
4.) PROCESS both pint and half pint jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed
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