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pnwchef

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Salsa, fresh from the Garden Mon, 09/12/11 8:04 PM (permalink)
It's that time of the year when we all have so many Tomatoes, we are looking for some way to use them. I do a "Tomato Concasse" then remove the seeds so I can freeze the tomato pulp. There are so many uses for tomatoes during the winter months when fresh tomatoes are awful.  My wife and I both love fresh from the garden salsa, we grow a lot of tomatoes for our Cafe, we also use a lot for home use. My Son grows a few different verities of Hot Peppers, so making a salsa is easy during the summer months. This is my idea of Salsa, my family likes it so it's a go. I want to have a salsa with flavor, not all heat from the peppers, the proper balance is important  for good quality, full flavored fresh from the garden salsa............
 


Tomato Pulp, seeds removed looks better in person

they call this onion "CANDY ONIONS", don't no way, I still cried peeling them, must have been candy tears


I pulsed the tomato pulp in the processer just to the point of a small chopped look

This is how it looks after all the chopping and blending

Testing bowl so I can see if the taste is right on, I chill the salsa over night so I can blend the spices, then alter if necessary.

had a taste

had to have a bowl

The only spices I use are Granulated garlic if I didn't add enough of the fresh garlic, Salt and pepper to taste, most salsas take a lot of salt to bring out the flavor. I plan on freezing this batch in freezer bags so we can enjoy our garden Salsa on a snowy winter day in front of the fire........................Enjoy..........pnwc
 
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    mar52

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    Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Mon, 09/12/11 8:28 PM (permalink)
    No homemade chips?  
     
    Looks beautiful.  (except for the metal bowl)
     
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      leethebard

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      Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Mon, 09/12/11 8:33 PM (permalink)
      A work of art!!!!
       
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        pnwchef

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        Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Mon, 09/12/11 8:41 PM (permalink)
        mar52


        No homemade chips?  

        Looks beautiful.  (except for the metal bowl)


        Mar, It's a glass bowl "Wrapped in Chicken wire" hahhahahhahaahah......... Gotcha
         
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          SeamusD

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          Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Mon, 09/12/11 9:08 PM (permalink)
          Looks great... there is nothing I like better than a big bowl of fresh salsa.
           
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            mar52

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            Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Mon, 09/12/11 10:42 PM (permalink)

             
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              ann peeples

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              Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Tue, 09/13/11 3:32 AM (permalink)
              Mouth watering-I am envious!
               
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                Foodbme

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                Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Tue, 09/13/11 3:36 AM (permalink)
                Them there's some good lookin' tomatos!
                 
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                  brisketboy

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                  Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Tue, 09/13/11 9:44 AM (permalink)
                  Looks wonderful. It's been way too hot here in Texas and I've been able to salvage some of my tomatoes and serranos for some killer salsa. Was wondering, have you ever heard of a plant called coolantro. I grew some this year and it was surprisingly good.
                   
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                    pnwchef

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                    Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Tue, 09/13/11 10:12 AM (permalink)
                    brisketboy


                    Looks wonderful. It's been way too hot here in Texas and I've been able to salvage some of my tomatoes and serranos for some killer salsa. Was wondering, have you ever heard of a plant called coolantro. I grew some this year and it was surprisingly good.


                    HI BB, I'm sorry things are so dry and hot for you guys this yr, I hope it ends soon. The Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest have been good. I planed Early girls for my Cafe, Roma's for me. The tomatoes that I show above are Volunteer Beefsteak from last yr. I froze some of the tomatoes to use as diced tomatoes in soups, sauces and stews. I am freezing this batch of Salsa and will post a picture/quality report on how well the salsa tastes after freezing. I like the idea of eating the garden all year long......................I have never used Culantro, I think they use it a lot in the Caribbean and Mexico.............Take care.................pnwc
                     
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                      mbrookes

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                      Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Tue, 09/13/11 5:23 PM (permalink)
                      The only salsa I like is fresh. Yours looks really good. I like making my own so it doesn't have cilantro.
                       
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                        pnwchef

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                        Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Wed, 09/14/11 8:41 PM (permalink)
                        I put two cups of Salsa in 1qt freezer bags. I freeze tomatoes for sauce, stews, and soups, but have never bagged fresh salsa for the freezer. I got 8 bags of Salsa from the batch shown above. I made the Salsa a few days ago, I wanted to let the salsa sit to blend all the flavor's together before freezing. The freezer bag shows it was bagged on 9/14/11, I will wait for two months " When the tomatoes don't have any flavor" to thaw the salsa, and see if this is a good way of keeping the memory of the garden alive during the winter months...........Stay tuned for the Salsa review on 11/11/11................pnwc
                         

                         
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                          MellowRoast

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                          Re:Salsa, fresh from the Garden Wed, 09/14/11 10:03 PM (permalink)
                          Few things are better than fresh salsa, I could eat that salsa all day long.  Looks fantastic.
                           
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