Take 12 lbs. of ripe tomatoes -
add peppers and onions -
season and simmer -
put in jars and seal -
and you will get THE most delicious salsa ever!!
Go to Mennonite Girls Can Cook and check the canning and preserving section for their awesome recipes.
And then I decided to cost it out! Well, well, well!!
Tomatoes - 12 lbs. @ $0.40/lb. $12.80
Peppers - green & colored 6.50
Garlic (from BC) 2.50
Onions (from garden)
Spices (guesstimate) 1.25
Sugar & salt .50
Divided between 12 jars = $2.025
That same size of jar at Superstore (the cheapest place I know to shop) is $3.99 so I saved half - had a pleasant afternoon in the kitchen AND have an awesome product with 0 preservatives, hardly any salt or sugar, and most of it (except for vinegar, sugar, salt and spices) was grown within 500 km of home.
I had heard people say that once you make your own salsa, you will never use the store-bought kind again and now I know why! I'm on the hunt for more tomatoes!!