Rockin’ Salsa

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Rockin' Salsa

Ingredients :

1 red onion, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
6 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 banana peppers, chopped
3 green bell peppers, chopped
3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 cup brown sugar                                                                                                                                           1/4 cup white sugar
8 pint canning jars with lids and rings

Directions :

Combine red onion, white onion, yellow onion, tomatoes, banana peppers, green peppers, tomato paste, white vinegar, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, brown sugar, and white sugar in a large pot. Simmer until thick, about 3 hours.

Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the salsa into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Refrigerate after opening.

 

Summer Coolers

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Summer Coolers

Ice water is refreshing, but sometimes you just want a little flavor in your glass.

Don’t these look refreshing?  And they are so simple.  And delicious!  You can make each of these in a pitcher, or your glass, or even in a quart canning jar.

Herbaceous Cooler – Muddle a few sprigs of mint and cilantro and a couple of basil leaves in the bottom of a glass with a squeeze of lemon juice. Add a handful of ice and top off with soda water for a refreshing herbal treat.

Cucumber Mint Water –  To make a single serving, put a few slices of cucumber and a mint sprig into your glass, add a handful of ice, top off with water, stir, and sip!

Citrus Soda – Over a handful of ice, combine 1 part orange or tangerine juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part soda water. Mix and serve.

Citrus Berry – Combine orange slice, a handful of blueberries, and a handful of ice.  Top off with water, stir, and enjoy.

Lemon Berry – Combine lemon slices, a handful of raspberries, a handful of ice, and top off with water (or lemon water).

Coconut Water – You can drink your coconut water chilled on its own or add a squeeze of lime to brighten it up. It’s also great for adding a tropical twist to your morning smoothie!

Iced Ginger Tea with Lemon – Boil 4 cups of water and pour over large bowl with 4 bags of ginger tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove the bags and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the tea into glasses full of ice and add a squeeze of lemon.

Iced Orange Chamomile Tea – Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then turn off the burner and submerge 4  bags of chamomile tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a pitcher and  let it cool completely. Add 1/2 cup of orange juice to the pitcher and pour it into glasses full of ice to serve.