Then, the tomatoes got out of control, and my dad sent us a bunch of jalapenos. I guess it was time to try a "gentle" method of canning some salsa. My aunt and Cousin J sent me a salsa recipe you cook, pour into jars, and wait for the sterilized jars to seal themselves. (Something about heat and lovely little pops.) Of course, I am not one to follow recipes. I love cilantro; the taste and the smell. Their recipe didn't call for it, so I put my own little spin on the recipe that they sent. If it turns out to be a disaster, it won't be their fault!
So we set up a little salsa canning mess at our house. The jars and lids were sterilized and just waiting for something exciting to happen.
After lots of chopping and coughing (what is it with those jalapenos?), the salsa began the 45 minute boiling process. I'm lucky the Mr. doesn't mind chopping. (I think he likes wielding knives, which actually is a bit frightening!)
I had quite a few jalapeno left. (Even after pawning a few on K and CT.) I decided that the salsa wasn't quite messy enough to try, so I hit the Internet for a jalapeno jelly recipe. While the salsa boiled, I made mess number two: sugary green goo. (And yes, there was more coughing and choking!)
I'll spare you the pictures of the jelly boiling over on my stove. Lovely! *sigh* (The clean up involved removing the burner and drip pan.)
I had some cute little jelly jars. I bought them for storing small amounts of leftovers. (They were cuter than the regular storage containers!)