Zesty Salsa and Discover You Can HouseParty

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  I cannot tell you how excited I was to be a HouseParty host for the Discover You Can Party sponsored by Jarden Home Brands.  A few months ago I decided to plant a vegetable garden and finally learn how to can.  Being a host for this HouseParty sealed the deal!  About a month before the party, I canned my very first thing:  Strawberry Lemon Marmalade.  It was awesome!  A week later I canned 6 half pints of Zesty Salsa.  One week before the party I canned 6 half pints of Spiced Peach Jam.
My husband and cousin
    The party pack that I received from HouseParty and Ball was amazing!  I received a Discovery Canning Kit, 3 bottles of pectin, sample packets of pectin to share with my guests, 4 collapsible funnels, dissolveable labels, 3 Ball Blue Books, 2 berry mashers, gift bags, coupons, and tons of other things!  I got to keep some for myself, share some with friends and family, and I’m going to share with one of my readers as well! 
    I decided to host the party at my parents house as we were having a huge birthday party for the June birthdays in our family.  I made it birthday/canning party!  It was a huge success.  I’m not sure who had the most fun;  the adults, or my young cousins who liked being the “jam tasters”!  Together we made 9 half pints of Strawberry Lemon Marmalade. I had already made 9 half pints to give to the guests so they could each take one home.  I also gave out 5 jars of Zesty Salsa and 5 jars of Spiced Peach Jam as party favors in thegift bags along with coupons, pectin samples, and more.  My cousin ended up winning the Ball Blue Book prize for guessing the most secret ingredients, and my mom won a collapsible funnel.  I raffled off 2 other funnels and each guest went home with an awesome gift bag full of Ball goodies!


My brother, Kristin & Peyton


     Everyone had a great time at the party and I’m sure a few people will be canning on their own by the end of the summer!  I’d like to thank Jarden and HouseParty for this wonderful “gift” of teaching me how to can.  If you are interested in canning or preserving check back tomorrow for my Learn How to Can giveaway prize pack and another great canning/preserving recipe!  For more information on canning visit Ball’s website.


Zesty Mild Salsa   (adapted from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving)


Mom and Greg


5 cups chopped, cored, peeled tomatoes
1 1/2 c. green bell peppers, chopped and seeded
1 c. red bell peppers, chopped and seeded

2 c. chopped onions
1 c. chili peppers, chopped and seeded
2/3 c. white vinegar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T. cilantro, chopped
1 t. salt
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. black pepper

1.  Prepare the canner, jars, and lids.

2.  In order to peel the tomatoes use a large sauce pan to boil water.  Put the tomatoes in the water for 1 minute, flip them over and boil an additional minute.  Transfer to a colander and run cold water over top of them.  The skin should easily peel off the tomatoes.  Cut out the core and chop the tomatoes.

3.  Combine the tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, onions, chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and pepper in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring constantly.  Reduce the heat and boil gently for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

4.  Ladle the hot salsa into half pint jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Use a tool to remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed.  Wipe the rims of the jars and center the lid on them.  Put on a screwband and tightened using your fingers.
5.  Process the salsa in the half pint jars in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.  Remove the lid and let sit for 5 minutes.  Remove the jars and cool for 12 hours.  After 12 hours check the seals and store.
Makes 7 half pint jars.




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