Oops! Not ready yet.
This is better.
Surprisingly, I only ended up with about three pints of finished product, but it was so good my mouth is watering just writing about it now.
It is very easy to make salsa and I will show you the way my mom and dad used to make it.
You'll need fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, onion and salt. Gather your ingredients and have them ready for blending so you can dive into your salsa while it's still nice and warm.
Step 1: Coarsely chop up a medium onion, a handful of cilantro and a small bulb of garlic. I like mine garlicky, but you can skip this if you don't like garlic. (There's more than one bulb here. I needed extra for another recipe.)
Step 2: Boil your water
Step 3: make an X on each tomato
Step 4: Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water until the skin starts to come off. It won't take long.
Step 5: You can either roast your peppers in the oven (too much energy usage for me) or you can simply blister the skin of the pepper on an open flame. This is very fast and easy.
Step 6: Get your tomatoes out of hot water and carefully pull off the skin.
Step 7: Do the same with the peppers. I like to scrape the blistered skin off with a sharp knife.
Step 7.5: ALWAYS wear rubber gloves. There is nothing worse than accidentally touching your eye after you've been seeding peppers.
Step 8: For your heat level, add as little or as many of the seeds from the peppers as you can handle. I used the seeds from all but three of the serrano peppers. Did you notice I switched some jalapeno for serrano? I found some in the fridge and since they were older I decided to use them up first. Serrano is a bit hotter than jalapeno. The flavor is excellent though.
Step 9: Toss a handful of each ingredient into your blender. I like mine kind of chunky, but blend it to the consistency you prefer. Salt to taste.
Step 10: Keep repeating until you've finished using up all your ingredients.
Ta Da! Salsa.
Have some chips nearby. You don't want to miss the pure Nirvana of tasting the freshest salsa you've ever had.
I promise you, you will never settle for store-bought again.
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