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SALSA!

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We've had quite a lot of ripe tomatoes harvested this week, and we haven't been able to keep up with the harvest just by having fresh tomatoes. So, I decided to make some SALSA! I wanted to make a recipe that included fresh cilantro, but couldn't get my hands on any. And I haven't come across any cilantro seed either, so I haven't been able to grow my own in the garden.

So... when I was at the grocery store I picked up a little packet of dehydrated salsa ingredients (dried peppers, onions, herbs and seasoning) and used the recipe on the back of the packet along with the fresh tomatoes. The recipe couldn't get any easier ... chopped tomatoes, the ingredients of the packet, and 1/2 cup vinegar. (If you don't have fresh tomatoes on hand, store-bought canned/diced tomatoes can be used.)  I chose to freeze one quart of the salsa to see if we like the result of it being frozen, and then canned the rest of it for longer shelf-life storage.

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I recently got some reusable canning jar lids by Tattler and thought this would be a great time to try them out. I've been using regular metal canning jar lids for our canned goods, but don't like that metal lids are really just a "one time wonder" when it comes to using them for preserving. (I do reuse the metal lids that are in good condition to cap jars that aren't being canned/sealed.)

Something else that's concerning is that I've noticed that metal canning lids are not always available in local stores. There always seems to be a few boxes of jars available, but extra lids aren't always in stock. Last time I bought a box of 12 metal regular sized canning lids (at a big-box store) I paid $1.63, and a box of wide mouth sized lids was $2.27. Investing in some reusable lids seems like a smart thing for me to do.

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I like the fact that the Tattler lids are reusable again and again, that they're made with BPA-free materials, and that they're made in the US. I also like that they can be used in water-bath canners, pressure canners, and can even be used for vacuum-sealing!

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I don't usually have trouble getting jars to seal, but since this was my first time using the Tattler lids, I kind of expected to have at least one or two seals fail simply due to my inexperience in using them. But I was very pleasantly surprised that every jar sealed up tight as can be! Beautifully! I also used Tattler lids to seal up a couple quart jars of yellow zucchini relish, and they turned out great, too!

Overall I'm pleased with the lids and the results. I opened up one of the salsa jars to test the seal and the salsa, and was impressed with both! Time for me to order up a few more boxes of Tattler lids and seals!

Would you like to try Tattler lids, too? I've arranged for the nice folks at Tattler to send one lucky (randomly selected) winner a box of 12 regular, and a box of 12 wide mouth lids. What a deal!!  Leave me a note on this blog post and you'll be entered into the give-away (this drawing is being hosted at my Sassy & Sweet Notes blog too, if you'd rather comment there). I would like to know what your favorite preserved food is, and what you enjoy preserving for you and your family. I will randomly select one winner on Monday morning, June 27th.

Now, where did that bag of chips go...

As always, you are invited to read more about our life on the farm.

p anne ward
8/6/2011 1:30:15 AM

Im going to google these tattler lids they sound perfect


paige orloff
6/28/2011 6:08:01 AM

Sounds great--I've never heard of these lids before, but I too would love to try them. I make fresh salsa a lot, but haven't canned it before; thanks for the inspiration. Cilantro is delicious. It can be hard to grow, but once you establish it, it will self-sow like crazy. I no longer buy seeds or plants, just wait to see where it will appear in my garden! You might enjoy my gardening adventures, too--check out my blog at http://www.onearth.org/blog/gardening.


paige orloff
6/28/2011 6:06:43 AM

Sounds great--I've never heard of these lids before, but I too would love to try them. I make fresh salsa a lot, but haven't canned it before; thanks for the inspiration. Cilantro is delicious. It can be hard to grow, but once you establish it, it will self-sow like crazy. I no longer buy seeds or plants, just wait to see where it will appear in my garden! You might enjoy my gardening adventures, too--check out my blog at http://www.onearth.org/blog/gardening.


dawn meador
6/26/2011 8:17:00 PM

Would love to try these lids. Love your blog. My favorite item to put up is blackberry jam!


dawn meador
6/26/2011 8:16:38 PM

Would love to try these lids. Love your blog. My favorite item to put up is blackberry jam!


dawn meador
6/26/2011 7:31:18 PM

Would love to try these lids. Love your blog. My favorite item to put up is blackberry jam!


dawn meador
6/26/2011 7:22:48 PM

Would love to give these lids a try. Love your blog. My favorite item to put up would be blackberry jam!


dawn meador
6/26/2011 7:22:20 PM

Would love to give these lids a try. Love your blog. My favorite item to put up would be blackberry jam!


teresa s
6/26/2011 2:17:01 AM

I've heard of these lids but really wondered how they work. I do tons of canning and would like to start using these lids for several good reasons but would have to start small because of the cost of converting to them. I'm glad to hear that you gave them a big thumbs up. Makes my decision easier..I am going to try these for sure! Thanks for the nice article!


nanarox7
6/25/2011 8:53:17 PM

I've wanted to try the tattler lids for some time, so I was really glad to read your opinion of them. I love canning and my favorite thing is salsa. When your grandkids say to you "Nana this is the best salsa I've ever had", it's worth the effort!


bonne
6/25/2011 7:08:10 PM

I've wanted to get these reuse-ables but wanted to hear some feedback first~thanks for trying them! ;)


nebraska dave
6/25/2011 7:04:03 PM

Wow, Anna, you sure got folks to leave a message. I hope the winner really enjoys the lids. Have a great salsa day.


fae
6/25/2011 5:23:16 PM

I've been wanting to try the tattler lids - glad to know they worked so well for you! I'm still learning what the best things are for us to put up in jars, but I think last year's winner was the hot pepper mustard. We've been powering through it, and I made 3 batches to begin with!


sarah epting
6/25/2011 12:56:30 PM

My favorite preserved foods would have to be fruit - I love baking, and it's always nice to go to the cabinet, pull out some canned fruit, know where is came from, and bake it into a delicious treat. I don't have a favorite food to make yet - I love trying something new each year. I am a fairly rookie canner (5 years now), and along with the typical tomatoes, beans, fruit, jams and chutneys, I like to experiment. Last year I tried canning Habenero Jam, Blueberry Syrup (yum!), and red potatoes. I would LOVE to try these lids. I had been searching for ways to preserve food more substainable than the one-time use lids (dehydrating, etc), but nothing beats canning jars. Thanks for this review - it was very helpful!


pat
6/25/2011 9:43:48 AM

Very nice article. I want to get some of those lids. Have already decided to buy some. Would you enter me in the drawing? Thanks, and blessings


dee stone
6/24/2011 9:26:07 PM

Saw the advertisment for those lids and wondered if they were really all they said they were. Glad you tried them out. Guess I will buy some for my canning season this year.Thanks. D. Stone


cheryl
6/24/2011 7:29:21 PM

I have to say I've never heard of Tattler lids, but I'm thrilled by the idea! I really hate using things once and throwing them away, and as you said, lids aren't available all year round, especially way out where I live. Thanks for the tip!


colleen walker
6/24/2011 7:14:08 PM

Love to can


jacquelyne jordan
6/24/2011 5:28:41 PM

My sister-in-law and I were looking at these lids on Sunday and wondering how they work. What a timely good review. I can't wait to try them out now. I was also impressed that they were competitively priced.


britney
6/24/2011 5:10:39 PM

I would love to try the Tattler lids. I am new to canning. This summer will be quite the canning adventure I think.


corinne
6/24/2011 5:04:48 PM

I'm so happy to see a review of the Tattler reusable canning lids, I've recently learned of them and wondered how well they work. Thanks a lot, I will definitely invest in them since canning is something I love to do. I have a nice garden that grows bigger every year, which means I can more every year too. Some of my family's favorite things to can are Grape Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Bartlett Pears in a light syrup, Applesauce, Tomato Sauce, I could go on and on. And it's always better if we grew it ourselves. Thanks again, Corinne in Grants Pass, Oregon


sherry holmes
6/24/2011 5:03:52 PM

I would LOVE to try these lids......we love Salsa, we put up at least 40 qts. every summer, and we always run out in February, so we go through a LOT of it. Reusable lids would be a good thing for us.