Not to be confused with this...
Did you buy it?
If you haven't made homemade salsa, you're missing out on a something special. Lacto-fermented salsa is not heated or water-bathed canned, so it tastes fresh up to 6 months after it's made. I make several batches every year and
That, and I read it on other blogs, so it must be true.
Apparently, they don't like salsa as much as we do.
The key to lacto-fermenting salsa is the sea salt and whey. I have seen other recipes that do not use the whey, but use up to 4 Tb. of sea salt instead. I tried that my first year and it was way too salty for our tastes. Remember to taste test and adjust accordingly.
4 lbs. organic tomatoes (I used a variety of heirloom tomatoes.)
2 medium sweet onions, like Walla Walla or Vidalia
1 large, organic sweet red pepper, seeded and rough-chopped
**2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and rough chopped**
1 bunch cilantro, leaves only
Optional: 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
juice from 2 lemons or limes
1-2 Tb. sea salt
4 Tb. whey (from drained yogurt)
Peel tomatoes by placing in boiling water for 30-60 seconds, then immediately dumping into icy water. The skin will come off easily.
I guess mine would too.
Core the tomatoes, then place in food processor. Pulse until tomatoes are chopped up, but not liquefied. (Unless that is your preference.) Pour tomatoes into large bowl.
Place onions, red pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro leaves in food processor and pulse until chopped fine. (If using garlic, add this too.) Add this mixture to the tomatoes.
Add lemon or lime juice, whey, and sea salt. Stir will. Taste to check flavor and heat; adjust as necessary.
Pour salsa into wide-mouthed jars (I ended up with 1/2 gallon + 1 quart). Wipe top of jar and place screw-top lid on. Leave on counter for 2 days; then place in the refrigerator.
Then send the kids to Gramma's house and enjoy!
Oh wait, the kids saw me making this...darn.☺
**Remember to use gloves when cutting hot peppers! The "heat" doesn't wash off with soap and water, and can bring new meaning to the song, "Come On Baby Light My Fire"...
This post is linked to Simple Lives Thursday.