This recipe comes from Ball's Complete Book of Home Preserving. The book says you'll get about six 8-ounce jars or three pints. I got five 8-ounce jars plus a little (maybe a quarter cup) left over, which was nice because I got to taste it. The rest of the jars will sit for at least 3 more weeks, as the book recommends letting the salsa mature "to mellow and round out the outstanding flavor."
Here are the ingredients (and some pictures and my commentary):
When my sister and I were kids, my mom used to put us to work at various points throughout the summer helping her prep vegetables for freezing. She used to do a lot of canning, originally. Probably before we came along, or before we were big enough to help. Or before she and my father bought that really big stand-up freezer and put it in the basement. I think it maybe just became easier to pack things in the freezer in plastic containers than to can them. I don’t know.
All I know is, my sister, me, and our friend, Dolores, if she was at the house, became extremely cheap labor.
If you've never made jam, and are feeling hesitant about going through the whole cooking and canning process, and you just want to maybe dip your toe into the jam-making pool and see what temperature the water is, then this is the way to do that.
Alex - the jam afficianado in our house - has pronounced this jam "Not bad...it's actually pretty good." With two approving nods of his head. So I'm thinking I got about an A-.
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