Time to can

26 Aug

Today the big canning pot came up from the basement and Josh and I decided to dedicate half of our day to making salsa. This is late in the season for us. In previous years we have started canning as early as June or July – making pickles and dilly beans, jam with those early summer strawberries. So it felt like it was about time today as we took inventory of the jars we had in stock and went out to get new lids for this year’s batches.

Yesterday at the farm we picked up all the makings for some killer salsa: cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, tomatillos, a variety of spicy peppers, corn, fresh cilantro, (onions from last week’s share). In the course of a year you forget what an undertaking it is to clean all the jars, take the corn off the cob and roast it up in a pan, peel a lot of onions and garlic, chop all the vegetables (thank god for the food processor to help with this!), and set up the little assembly line for sterilizing, filling, and processing the jars.

It took us many hours this afternoon but we knew what we were getting ourselves into. We cranked up some good tunes and filled the kitchen with some off-key singing and the wonderful spicy smell of salsa. And now this evening we are sitting back and delighting in the sound of the jars sealing themselves one by one with satisfying little pinging, popping noises coming from the kitchen.


The final product!


One Response to “Time to can”

  1. Adrienne/Mom August 27, 2007 at 8:03 am #

    Mmmmm! Sounds good even at 8AM. Love salsa and you guys make some of the best! Looking forward to trying some.

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