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Green Tomato Recipe for Salsa Verde ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes

Green Tomato Salsa Verde, it is the EASIEST SALSA you will ever make! What to do with Green Tomatoes, Recipes for Green Tomatoes, Canning or Canned recipe

Green Tomato Salsa Verde Recipe

I was at the park with my friend last week and we were talking about our gardens. I told her that I had just got done canning red salsa but ran out of tomatoes.  She then told me about her Salsa Verde recipe that she makes with GREEN TOMATOES?  I had never heard of such a thing, but she assured me it was amazing and super easy to make.  I know I was skeptical about making Green Tomato Raspberry Jelly and that turned out amazing so I decided to try this new Salsa Verde recipe too.Green Tomato Salsa Verde, it is the EASIEST SALSA you will ever make! What to do with Green Tomatoes, Recipes for Green Tomatoes, Canning or Canned recipe, how to cut the tomatoes

To make this recipe you will need:

  • 10 lbs of green tomatoes (about 20 cups chopped)
  • 5-8 Jalapeno Peppers depends how hot you want it (take the seeds and ribs out)
  • 9 large bell peppers ( I used 6 red and 3 green, since that is what was in my garden)
  • 2 large yellow onions (or 3 medium)
  • 2 cups Cilantro (one LARGE bunch or two smaller ones)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • Recipe makes 4 quarts or 12 pints

You will also need:

15 Quart stock pot

Blender or Food Processor  

You can freeze the salsa or can it (I recommend canning it) All you need is a water bath canner , Canning kitjars and lids and rings.

Green Tomato Salsa Verde, it is the EASIEST SALSA you will ever make! What to do with Green Tomatoes, Recipes for Green Tomatoes, Canning or Canned recipe

Start off by washing all your veggies.

Cut the green stem off the top of your tomatoes ( you can keep the skin on), quarter them and coarsely chop in blender or food processor.  If you want really chunky salsa you can chop by hand. But I love the how easy it is to toss them in the blender.  I was able to blend everything (tomatoes, peppers, onions cilantro). The peppers do need to have some liquid with them in order to chop, so I just added some of the tomato puree.

Combine chopped veggies (tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, garlic) to a your large stock pot.  Add all other ingredients and mix well.

Turn heat to high, once it starts to boil turn to medium/ low so it can simmer.  Tomatoes will scorch if you  don’t stir them enough or if the temperature is too hot.

Once it reaches a boil, turn heat down to simmer and cook uncovered for 25 minutes, stir often.

While this cooking prepare your canning jars. Jars need to be warm and clean, (warm so when you put the hot salsa in them they don’t crack). I heat mine by putting them in the dishwasher on “sanitize” setting.

Pour the hot salsa into prepared jars,  a ladle and a canning funnel make this process much easier.  Fill jar, but leave  1/2 inch space at the top of the jar.

Use a clean towel to wipe down rims of the jars, put new lids (warm) and rings on top, and hand tighten the rings.

Place in water bath, with the water level covering the jars at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil set timer for 15 minutes for quarts or 10 minutes for pints.

 After timer goes off turn off  heat, let sit for 3-5 minutes before removing them. Remove jars from canner and allow to  cool to room temperature.   Check seals once cooled, they should be firm and no longer click. Any jars that did not seal need to be stored in the refrigerator. Should stay good up to 3 weeks.  Sealed jars will stay good for a year.

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Green Tomato Recipe for Salsa Verde ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes

Green Tomato Salsa Verde Recipe I was at the park with my friend last week and we were talking about our gardens. I told her that I had just got done canning red salsa but ran out of tomatoes.  She then told me about her Salsa Verde recipe that she makes with GREEN TOMATOES?  I had never heard of such a thing, but she assured me it was amazing and super easy to make.  I know I was skeptical about making Green Tomato Raspberry Jelly and that turned out amazing so I decided to try this new Salsa Verde recipe too.
Servings 5 quarts or 12 pints

Ingredients

  • To make this recipe you will need:
  • 10 lbs of green tomatoes about 20 cups chopped
  • 5-8 Jalapeno Peppers depends how hot you want it take the seeds and ribs out
  • 9 large bell peppers I used 6 red and 3 green, since that is what was in my garden
  • 2 large yellow onions or 3 medium
  • 2 cups Cilantro one LARGE bunch or two smaller ones
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • Recipe makes 4 quarts or 12 pints
  • You will also need:
  • 15 Quart stock pot
  • Blender
  • or
  • Food Processor
  • You can freeze the salsa or can it I recommend canning it All you need is a
  • water bath canner Canning kit ,jars and lids and rings.

Instructions

  1. Start off by washing all your veggies.
  2. Cut the green stem off the top of your tomatoes ( you can keep the skin on), quarter them and coarsely chop in blender or food processor.  If you want really chunky salsa you can chop by hand. But I love the how easy it is to toss them in the blender.  I was able to blend everything (tomatoes, peppers, onions cilantro). The peppers do need to have some liquid with them in order to chop, so I just added some of the tomato puree.
  3. Combine chopped veggies (tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, garlic) to a your large stock pot.  Add all other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Turn heat to high, once it starts to boil turn to medium/ low so it can simmer.  Tomatoes will scorch if you  don't stir them enough or if the temperature is too hot.
  5. Once it reaches a boil, turn heat down to simmer and cook uncovered for 25 minutes, stir often.
  6. While this cooking prepare your canning jars. Jars need to be warm and clean, (warm so when you put the hot salsa in them they don't crack). I heat mine by putting them in the dishwasher on "sanitize" setting.
  7. Pour the hot salsa into prepared jars,  a ladle and a
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  9. l make this process much easier.  Fill jar, but leave  1/2 inch space at the top of the jar.
  10. Use a clean towel to wipe down rims of the jars, put new lids (warm) and rings on top, and hand tighten the rings.
  11. Place in water bath, with the water level covering the jars at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil set timer for 15 minutes for quarts or 10 minutes for pints.
  12. After timer goes off turn off  heat, let sit for 3-5 minutes before removing them. Remove jars from canner and allow to  cool to room temperature.   Check seals once cooled, they should be firm and no longer click. Any jars that did not seal need to be stored in the refrigerator. Should stay good up to 3 weeks.  Sealed jars will stay good for a year.
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How to Make Your Own Bath Bomb

Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

 

Bath Bombs recipe with essential oilsThere is nothing, well almost nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot soak. My husband recently installed a jacuzzi tub in our master bath. At first I really didn’t think I would like it at all. I’m not that into baths. In fact my husband had to fill the tub for me and convinced me to get in. Taking a bath is one thing, but taking a bath with bubbles and with a bath bomb is just awesome. I’m pretty sure its the combination of the jacuzzi and the bath bomb, but it could’ve been the fact that the kids were somewhere else being taken care of by my hubby. Having no worries when you take a relaxing bath is in my opinion the best thing – total relaxment!

Recently I came across this awesome recipe on how to make your own bath bomb. Sure you can buy your own bath bombs. But do you really want something fizzing away under you and not knowing what is in it? Making your own is the safest bet to guarantee that there are no crazy chemicals in it that you need someone help you pronounce them. It also saves you a ton of money too! You can make natural and safe Bath Bombs for a small fraction of what you could buy them for! And it takes no time at all to make them, and just let them dry overnight to harden up is the only thing.

Save money and make your own Bath Bombs with your own fragrance from natural essential oils. With essential oils you can make a bath bomb for exactly what you need it for. make one for when you are sick, or a relaxing one that will help you sleep. You can even make one for a good pick me up with a clean crisp aroma. Make your own Bath Bomb ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Procedure:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)

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In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring

Now go ahead and mix wet and dry

make your own bath bomb with essential oils

At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Tightly pack it down into your mold

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Let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

How to make Bath Bomb with essential oils easy recipe

 

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How to make your own Bath Bomb

How to make a great smelling Bath Bomb, that also moisturizes your skin with all natural coconut oil.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent Lavender
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs Purple
  • A decoration like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Instructions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Now go ahead and mix wet and dry
  4. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Tightly pack it down into your mold
  6. Let it dry 24 hours
  7. I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES

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One tip to saving money is to buy your produce in season at its LOWEST price point and store it for the rest of the year.  I got an 8 lb flat of strawberries  week.  I did 4 batches of jam, but put the rest in the freezer.  That way I can use them for recipes and smoothies  the rest of the year.

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If you toss them all into a bag they will freeze into a huge mass and you will not get them separated till they thaw.  I have found the BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES is rather simple and can be done in 5 easy steps.

First ~ Wash and clean the strawberries, and take the green stem off.  If they are large berries you might want to cut them into halves or quarters.

Second ~ Put them on a towel to dry, you do not want them to be wet or they will stick to everything they are touching as they freeze.

Third ~ Once they are dry spread them onto a cookie sheet that has plastic wrap on it. Spread them into an even layer, and try to keep the berries from touching.

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Fourth ~ Put them into the freezer, you can take them out as soon as an hour but I normally leave them in there at least a few hours to get them good and frozen.   You can even leave them in over night. They will now be hard and separated and will NOT stick to the other strawberries.  Pull the plastic wrap up and they should fall right off with no sticking. ( I did try the silicone mat and they stuck  so I recommend plastic wrap.)

Fifth ~ Place them in a freezer bag seal it shut try and get as much air out as you can.  Put it back into the freezer… and take as many strawberries out as you need at a time.  Now go make yourself a yummy treat for your hard work 🙂

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Have you ever made the mistake of leaving a carrot on the counter or putting it in the refrigerator without a cover on it? Within 24 hours you will find a limp carrot that has lost it’s crunch!  No one wants to eat a chewy carrot, so here are a few tips on how to store carrots.

We have been picking carrots from our garden most the summer, but some days the kids are a little excited an pick  too many.  If you leave a fresh carrot with the green top on it will make the carrot wilt.  The carrot is the root of the plant and the green tops take its  moisture and nutrition from the root.  So chop those green tops off right away.

At this point you can keep them with the dirt on and store them in cool sand or sawdust in a root cellar, or even a bucket in a cool dark place.  BUT since I do not have one of those… I just wash them up and keep them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.   If the carrots have to much moister they will mold, so I poke some holes in the bag to allow them to vent.  Carrots can stay firm, and crisp for months at a time when stored properly.

 

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