Peach season. Farm stands loaded with luscious glowing orbs of yumminess. Perfect for eating fresh. The juice running down your arm? No worries! All hail the glorious peach! Enjoy them fresh now, and save some to brighten the dark days of winter. So many options to save peaches: canning, freezing, pie filling, jams, jellies, and butters. One of my favs is the spectacular combo of sweet and heat, peach salsa. Yummy as a dip and as the perfect condiment to Mexican foods, especially in my humble opinion, fish or chicken tacos!
Make it and store it in the fridge or can it to have all winter. Peach salsa is an easy canning project–don’t fear the canner! Recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 6 cups chopped, peeled and pitted peaches
- 1 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 4 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (seeded as well if you want to tone down the heat)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a green pepper, because that’s what I had on hand–red would make a pretty salsa, though!)
- 1/2 cup loosely packed, finely chopped cilantro (Ok to leave this out if you hate cilantro)
- 2 TBSP honey
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Prepare your canner, jars, lids and rings. Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. (Placing vinegar into the pot first and chopping peaches into it as you go will stop peaches from browning.)
Reduce heat and and boil gently, stirring frequently until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
Ladle hot salsa into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace with more salsa if needed. Wipe rim, center lid and screw band down to finger-tight.
Process in hot water bath canner for 15 minutes for 1/2 pints, 20 minutes for pints. Remove canner lid, wait 5 more minutes and remove jars.
Let cool for lids to seal–you’ll hear a “thunk,” and the lid will be concave.
Label your pretty jars with the date canned.
Peach Salsa makes a lovely gift, but be sure to save some for yourself to enjoy! Yum!
I’ve noticed people either love or hate the whole “sweet and heat” thang. Which side are you on?