Salsa & Relish Canning

Spent part of last Saturday afternoon canning…again. Imagine that! 🙂

I had about 2 more pounds of Tomatillos that I picked from the garden and wanted to make a salsa verde this time with them. I can not for the life of me remember where I got the recipe, will have to look at my paper work at home.


It has tomatillos, onion, jalapenos, green chiles, garlic, salt, sugar, lime juice, cumin…and I think that is it. Will post a link to the recipe as soon as I figure out where it came from. It did make four pints and one half-pint jars. I opened up the half-pint jar last night and we LOVED it! The flavor was wonderful! But…me thinks I’m going to use some hotter peppers next time to step it up a notch.

OOOOHHH!! I found it! It came from New Mexico State University!

I used lime juice and no oregano…and I kept the seeds in the peppers in.

Tomatillo Green Salsa
Yield: 5 pints

5 cups chopped tomatillos
1 1/2 cups seeded, chopped long green chiles
1/2 cup seeded finely chopped jalapeños
4 cups chopped onions
1 cup bottled lemon juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp ground cumin*
3 Tbsp oregano leaves *
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and stir frequently over high heat until mixture begins to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle hot salsa into pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner 15 minutes at 0-1,000 feet altitude; 20 minutes at 1,001-6,000 feet; 25 minutes above 6,000 feet.

You may use green tomatoes in this recipe instead of tomatillos.


Also had lots of Lemon Cucs and a few Spacemaster Cucs so I tried a recipe I found on Sharon’s site for Sweet Pickle Relish, I met Sharon over at Tasty Kitchen. My relish is a bit different looking as I used red bell pepper instead of green.


Garden Pictures For Today ~ Sparks, Nevada

Pictures today…it’s been one heck of a week here at work! Seems all I’m up for are picture postings. Sorry.

Maters! We ate our first garden tomatoes of the year! Red Siberians. Yum Yum YUMMMMMIE GOOD!


I’ve cucumbers growing! There are four plants throughout the yard…here are the Spacemasters.

I still think these wee bees (they are not honeybees, some other type or bee-like) are the cutest things…they were all tucked into the sunflower this morning. 🙂 NOTE: I talked to the beekeepers at the Nevada State Fair (8/26/09) and they said these guys are Native Bees!

The Lemon Queens are blooming! They are also over 8 feet tall! Holy Cow! I was finally able to submit data on the Lemon Queens to The Great Sunflower Bee Project. My other data submitted was for the honeybees on the lavender, russian sage, beebalm, and coneflowers.

Please look past the water stained windows (they are very very very old…like 70 years old) and instead gaze on the pretty jar with lavender buds and white vinegar. I’m making my own clothes softner/rinse.