With summer rolling around, now is the perfect time to start a garden. There are so many fruits and vegetables you can grow and so many dishes you can make. Making your own homemade salsa is a popular favorite that you should try. It doesn’t take much, all you have to do is know what to grow, make it, and store it so you can enjoy fresh homemade salsa when you want it.
What to Grow
One of the crucial aspects of making homemade salsa is growing the ingredients. Tomatoes are a must, as are peppers (including jalapeño if you want that extra kick), garlic, onions, and cilantro. But it can be tricky to find the right seeds. You might scour the local supermarkets and gardening stores but not find the seeds you need. If you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, there are several benefits of buying seeds online. One is that you have more of a variety of seeds to pick from than you would from your local grocery store. Another is that you can order seeds in bulk. It is important to find the right type of seeds to grow the right ingredients for your perfect homemade salsa.
The Cooking Process
Homemade salsa is incredibly easy to make, though there are many different variations you could make and many variables to be aware of. You can roast the tomatoes in the oven along with the peppers for some added flavor, or you can go straight to the food processor. You could add canned tomatoes or only use fresh ones. You can add mango or pineapple for a fruity flavor. Once you have all your ingredients, blend them in the food processor until the tomatoes are mostly pureed. Salsa will be slightly liquid-like, but most of the ingredients will be blended up into chunks. Then serve with your favorite chips and enjoy.
How to Store It
After you’ve made your homemade salsa, store it in the fridge in a sealed container. It’ll last about a week, so don’t store it too long. You can freeze your salsa or can it with a water bath canner, but the best way to preserve that fresh flavor is to eat it within the week of making it.
Homemade salsa is not a complicated dish to make, but there are many things you can do with it. Experiment and find what works best for you. Then invite your friends over and show-off your amazing new salsa-making skills.
Looking for fine cooking ingredients? Shop our tasty food collection today!