Salsa Recipe for Canning

My husband brought home a jar of homemade salsa that was given to him by a coworker.  It was delicious! I have tried several Salsa recipes over the years and this one topped the list.  They said that the recipe is a baseline recipe and they tweak it every time it is made.   So here it is, experiment away and consider this just a foundation to the salsa goodness. 

Tricia's Salsa Recipe

1 pkg Mrs Wages Salsa Tomato mix (this can usually be found in the canning sections of Wal-mart or Hy-Vee)
1/2 cup vinegar
12 cups peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 white onions chopped
2 green bell peppers chopped
6-12 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped
4-6 other peppers (sometimes we do this other times not they could be banana peppers, or wax peppers)
3-4 garlic cloves - pressed
1 tablespoon cilantro
2 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon lime juice

Sanitize and warm jars.  Warm salsa to about 180 degrees for a hot pack.  Fill jars and leave about 1/2" head room.  Seal and water bath for 30 minutes at 1000 feet.

Enjoy!  If you make tweaks to it please feel free to share. 

Saving Radish Seeds

It has been a long time since I posted.  I need to get back with it.  Over the past several months, I can't even count how many times, I took pictures and thought of things to write about.  Life and my busy hours got in the way.

Last year I wrote about the heirloom radish varieties that I purchased from Seed Savers.  In the post I mentioned that I would let one variety go to seed each year to prevent them from cross pollinating.  This year I chose the Philadelphia White Box.

Saving radish seeds is quite easy, just tedious and repetitive.  Although a great thing to do while watching your favorite program on TV and is easy enough a 4 year old can help.

Radishes that go to seed will flower then develop a pod in place of the flowers. I allowed the pods to become completely dry before I harvested them.  The easiest way I found to remove the pods is to slide my hand down the tiny branches collecting the pods in my hand as I go.

After I collected the pods, I simply broken them open to reveal the seeds.  The average seed per pod was 3. Sometimes the larger pods would hold 5 or 6 so my suggestion would be go for the larger pods first then the smaller if you are still needing more.

Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 5 years.

Honestly it is a lot of work for a couple seeds. But like I said, it is easy enough to do while watching TV and you can always have your kids/niece/nephew/paper boy do the work.