So, Salsa! Hooray!! Now is an awesome time of year to make salsa, because tomatoes are wicked cheap. I bought the ones from today's blog for $.88/lb. Good deal.
Now salsa is one of those great things that if eaten correctly can be a sneaky way to hide veggies in your diet, if you are having trouble working them in. And research suggests most of America is. You can put it on eggs for a good high protein, low sugar breakfast. Or you can mix it with the afore made beans! Or you can be a normal person and scarf it with chips, thus losing all of the nutritional merit points it gained by being made solely of vegetables.
Now most people think salsa and they think of this:
Nutritionally, its not the worst thing you to eat. Its not great, its got a lot of sugar in it (although its not a listed ingredient. is this from the tomato sauce? Science friends?) So what would be the point of ever switching from this friendly looking jar to making your own?
Well first, the ingredients in fresh salsa look much prettier when photographed:
|no, thats not a jalepeno but i didnt have one handy so i substituted pablano.|
mmmm look at all that COLOR! See if you just bought your husband a fancy camera for fathers day and you need a reason to use it, thats number one why you should make your own. The second reason is that its easy as all get out.
here it is, in pictures:
Wrinkley tomatoes, charred peppers and onions. good stuff.
Then take it all and toss it in your food processor with 2 bunches of cilanto. If your food processor is the same size as mine, you will have to do this in two batches. add a little less than 1 tbs of salt with each batch.
When its done, poor it in a bowl. Thats all. Then you get this:
As opposed to this (pace in a bowl):
So there you go. Reason number two to make your own salsa: its dead easy. And thats a LOT of salsa. its about 1.5 quarts (6 cups) of salsa. The small jar of Pace is about one cup.
Third reason to make your own salsa: Price. The cost of one small Jar of pace is about $3. all of my produce cost a grand total of $5.74 (three lbs of toms @ $.88/lb, $.60 in serranos, two bunches of cilantro @ 2/$1, one head of garlic (i didnt use it all) @ $.5 each and 2 onions @ 2/$1, no tax on food in Arizona). So for the cost of less than two jars of Pace, I made 6x as much salsa.
And it tastes better. And looks better on a chip:
There. thats 5 reasons to make your own salsa. Photos, Ease of making, Price, Taste, Looks Good on Chip.
AND! The whole thing lends itself well to my future fall hobby: Canning! As soon as my personal crop of tomatoes comes in, there will be canning. Oh yes. Canning indeed!! In the mean time though, tupperwear containers will have to do. =)