As the winter wears on, my mind turns to the promise of spring. As a talked about in this post, I am ready for spring. I am ready to get outside and start growing food again. I love having fresh food at my fingertips.
In the fall, when harvesting gets overwhelming, my quick fix is to put things in the freezer “for later”. I do this with tomatoes, green beans, peppers, fruit, and more. It takes some of the strain off of me during canning season.
This week I was longing for that canning season again. I got to looking in the freezer, and sure enough there is still produce in there from the fall harvest. Tomatoes and banana peppers caught my eye.
Here was my solution:
We had 2 gallon sized freezer bags left of tomatoes in the freezer. Normally I would have peppers, onions and cilantro from the garden too but those are gone. So I went to the store and got everything else I needed to make some homemade salsa.
I like to use this recipe with a few tweaks.
First, throw everything in the food processor and it goes very quickly.
Then, cook this for a little while to kinda meld the flavors together.
I didn’t actually can this recipe in the canner because I knew my family would eat it up so fast it wouldn’t be worth it. In the fall, I can more salsa because I do lots of jars and it will last a little longer.
I saw this recipe on Facebook video and thought that would be fun to add to my refrigerator
There aren’t a ton of peppers left, so I won’t be canning these in the canner either. I will keep them in the refrigerator to eat over time.
Other Canning Recipes:
Green Beans: How To Can Green Beans
Cherries: Can Cherries for Pie
I encourage you to check out your freezer and see if you have any food in there you might want to can. It will help get your freezer empty and ready for this year’s harvest.
What kinds of produce do you preserve in the freezer? What are some of your favorite recipes for canning that produce? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.