Homemade salsa was on the menu at the Old School Cafe on Thursday, July 20. Metcalfe County Community Education hosted the canning class. Director Charity Nunnally invtited UK Cooperative Extension agent Lynn Blankenship to demonstrate the ease of food preservation with ingredients fresh from the farm.
The Old School Cafe is home to the Donut Shop, but when it is not in use, it's availble to the community. The public can rent the dining area for events, and the kitchen can be used for canning homegrown fruits and vegetables.
During the salsa making class, participants used locally grown produce, including tomatoes and jalepenos, to make each batch. While class members prepared the ingredients for canning, Blankenship explained the food preservation process and the importance of each step to ensure proper results.
The students in this class made traditional salsa. Here is the receipe for 4 pint jars or 8 half-pint jars:
- 7 cups diced, seeded, peeled, cored tomatoes
- 6 green onions, sliced
- 2 jalapeño peppers, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup vinegar
- 2 tablespoons bottled lime juice
- 4 drops hot pepper sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 2 teaspoons salt
• Prepare tomatoes: Peel tomatoes by dropping into boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds or until the skins begin to split. Remove from the boiling water and dip immediately into cold water. The skins will slip off easily. Remove cores and seeds; dice.
• Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
• Ladle hot salsa into hot pint or half-pint jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe jar rims with a dampened clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal caps.
• Process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.
There are other salsa varieities you can make at home including pineapple chili salsa and peach apple salsa. The extension office provided us with a link to those recipes, just click here.
Nunnally is already preparing for the next Community Education canning class. Current participants suggested making apple butter. Be sure to watch for the date and time this fall.
Meantime, the kitchen is open to the public for canning. If you would like to reserve the space, call Donna Jessie at the Old School Cafe. The number is (270) 432-0168.