Free Trial Ad
Why Subscribe?
  • Premium Content
  • Expert Tips & Techniques
  • Exclusive Deals & Discounts
  • Members-Only Forums
  • Subscribe Now!
Inbox

Salsa from my garden

Avatar

Posted: 7/2/2014 8:13 AM

Salsa from my garden 


I've made 11 pints of Zesty Salsa from The Ball Blue Book so far. 5 mild & 5 medium, ate the other pint. Everything came out of my garden, down to the cilantro.. It took everything I reaped. Next time I should have enough hot peppers to make hot salsa the way I like it. Gotta make the mild for my Ma, ya know.!
The few years that I've canned, I've learned a good system that makes it easier.
Just about had my fill of fried squash & zucchini bread. I even blanched, vacuum packed & froze some. My squash plants have died out tho.
Prolly have alot of carrot cake this Fall...
Also I have one Tabasco plant to make hot pepper flakes. I did this 2 or 3 years ago with 3 plants and still have a little bit left. I reaped 2,784 peppers from  those 3 plants throughout that season.  I froze them as I reaped them, then dehydrated them 1 batch at a time as I needed them. Worked out real well.
I'm also growing Hot Cherry, hot Jalapeno, Bell, Hot Hungarian (banana type), & Serrano.
Determinant & Indeterminate tomatoes.  No Cherry Tomatoes this year.
This is my first time growing herbs. Cilantro already bolted... :(
Hardiness Zone 6 Tulsa, Ok.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/2/2014 8:49 AM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


Congrats!  It looks like you've been really busy.  We will be making salsa soon but haven't started yet.  Do you plant other veggies there in OK? 
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden.
I asked Him for a tree, and He gave me a forest.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/2/2014 9:33 AM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


Planted onion & garlic. They didn't make it... :( I got green beans too, pretty viney but no beans yet.
Hardiness Zone 6 Tulsa, Ok.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/2/2014 9:48 AM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


Onions made well here and green beans but they are gone.  It is too hot now for green beans.  We don't plant garlic nor many herbs.  I've tried but mint is about the most I can get to do anything.  We've just about harvested all the purple hull peas are going to make this year too.  Okra is still going strong.  I don't know if we'll get any more corn but my husband has already pulled the first crop.  We give a lot of veggies away to different ones.  We always grow more than we can preserve and eat.  Pinto beans are gone too.  Something has been eating the collards but not us!
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden.
I asked Him for a tree, and He gave me a forest.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/2/2014 10:33 AM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


If you potted your peppers, you could bring them inside for the winter. Prune them really good, water them lightly, give them some indirect light to keep them going, and put them back out when the weather breaks.
--
Chris Behrens
Pendleton, SC (near Clemson, SC)
USDA Cold Zone 7/AHS Heat Zone 7
thatcompostguy@hotmail.com
National Home Gardening Club member since 1998

Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/3/2014 8:16 PM

Re: Salsa from my garden 



Mmmm, I love carrot cake. That is a great pepper report MatSubZero...2,784 on 3 plants is amazing, good for you. I was reading about a pepper variety that produces like that the other day but can't remember the name, I've grown a few that have been good producers though. Joe's long (a cayenne type) from bountiful gardens is one of my favorites for dried pepper flakes, I'd classify it as medium heat.

I've had good luck over-wintering Aji Amarillo, Allepo and Red Rocoto pepper plants in pots, I've been harvesting peppers off of those plants for awhile now...my this season's in-grounds aren't ready yet.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/4/2014 6:53 AM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


Aleppo is a great one...I started buying it from Penzeys when they first offered it years ago.  So pretty in the jar, it is, and adds visual appeal in use.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/8/2014 11:15 AM

Re: Salsa from my garden 



Oh darn Sarah, I meant Aleppo. :) A great pepper, I used to buy it from Olive nation until I was lucky enough to get my hands on seeds. I grew out 4 plants last year but only one was what I consider the true Aleppo pepper so I dug it up and potted it at the end of the season. I make beef jerky about every other week and it is perfect in the marinade...Aleppo, brown sugar (Jaggery or Piloncillo), soy sauce, garlic and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. I add the Aleppo pepper last so I can set aside a little of the marinade to dilute for making jerky treats for my dogs.
Reply | Quote
Avatar

Posted: 7/8/2014 12:41 PM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


Thanks for all the comments. Mistake: I had to buy onions to make the salsa...sorry
Hardiness Zone 6 Tulsa, Ok.
Reply | Quote

Posted: 7/11/2014 9:57 PM

Re: Salsa from my garden 


Hi Matt, It sounds like you are using just about all you grow!  I also like my hot peppers but I am not a "super hot" fan.  I have not made my salsa yet as my peppers are not quite ready yet.  My tomatoes are coming along nicely and as soon I get enough of each, I will go to work.  I mostly use jalopena and I use habanera for a little extra bite.  I also dehydrate some of each until they get nice and crisp and then I put them in a plastic bag and pound them with a mallet to make my pepper flakes.  I grow my own onions and garlic, harvested in early June, but I have to buy my cilantro as it is too hot and has bolted by the time I am ready to make the salsa.
Northern California Zone 9,  Praise for the sweetness of a wet garden.
Reply | Quote