Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yes, I Can!

It's been a while since I have posted from Applejack Lane.  I've been a little busy.  Our little garden (12' by 12') has been rendering a lot of produce for us. I have been spending some time doing a little canning so as to save our bounty as best as possible.  I have not canned in years.  In fact, I had given away most of my good canning jars to the church yard sale. but I hung on to a few basic implements.  So far, the pantry  now contains 13 quarts of tomatoes, 4 pints of salsa, 4 pints of peach halves, and this morning I made 5 pints peach salsa.  I just had to take a picture of my beautiful peach salsa!  And it is g-o-o-d!
Peach Salsa
2/3 cup cider vinegar
6 cups of peaches, diced*
1 cup red onions, diced
4 jalapeno peppers, finely diced
1 1/3 cup other peppers, diced
6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves of  garlic, minced
4 t. lime juice
1 1/2-2 t. cumin
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
4 t. honey (or less)
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 15 minutes.  Cool for 15minutes.  Pour into pint jars and seal.  Process in a water bath for 15 minutes.  Makes about 5 pints.

*When preparing the peaches, dip peaches in boiling water; then submerge in cold water to peel the skin and seed.  Place peaches in absorbic acid to prevent browning until ready to use.