Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe Tips
There are many, many different versions of a garden fresh salsa recipe. Almost everyone uses a different ingredients and methods, so to come up with a fresh salsa recipe of your own it will take some trial an error. Different peppers, cook time, and ingredients and alter a garden fresh salsa recipe greatly. This page is meant to guide you on creating a salsa recipe all of your own.
Basic Fresh Salsa Recipe IngredientsOne thing you need to keep in mind before you start to use a fresh salsa recipe is that every salsa recipe is unique, and difficult to measure how much of each item to put in. You need to be able to make it to your liking, and to do that takes a bit of practice.
First decide on your ingredietns. You can use the rest of the tips listed below as a guide for what you may want, or use items out of your garden like I do every year to make a garden fresh salsa recipe.
Here a short list of possible ingredients for your salsa:
- Green Pepper
- Red Chili Pepper
- Garlic Salt or Powder
- Lemon Juice
Basic Fresh Salsa Directions & TipsFor a small garden fresh salsa recipe just big enough for two people, I start with 4-5 average sized tomatoes. Of course, home grown tomatoes are the best for a garden fresh salsa recipe, but any will do. I normally add 4 tomatoes, 1-2 green peppers, 1-2 Jalapenos (depending on size, 2 small or 1 large), about half of one red chili pepper, and garlic salt to taste. This creates a semi-hot fresh salsa recipe and what I prefer. Be sure to taste your creation as you go, or you'll never know what the final salsa recipe will taste like!
The actual cooking of salsa is pretty simple. All you need to do is add your ingredients to your salsa in a small sauce pan, and set it on high. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low, allowing your salsa to simmer. Time simmering depends on how you like your salsa. See specific fresh salsa recipe tips below to alter this basic recipe.
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Mild Salsa RecipeFor milder salsa, leave out the Chili Pepper and one Jalapeno from the basic recipe above. You can also replace the hot peppers all together with an extra green pepper or onion. Many believe a garden fresh salsa recipe isn't completely without fresh onions. My garden fresh salsa recipe does not include onions since I don't grow them myself, but that's just me. Adding onions instead of hot peppers will give you a much more mild salsa recipe, but still tasty!
Spicy Salsa RecipeFor more hot and spicey fresh salsa recipe, add the entire chili pepper or another Jalapeno. I made the "mistake" one year of adding my last three medium size tomatoes in with the largest Jalapeno I've ever seen from my garden. It was extremely spicy, but still very good. That particular fresh salsa recipe was a bit too spicy for me, but if you love a good spicy salsa recipe then up the number of peppers you include.
Thick Salsa RecipeFor those that like the juices in a salsa recipe more thick than liquid-like, all you will need to do is follow the basic directions above. After you have brought your salsa to a boil, let it simmer for longer than normal. Be sure to stir often or it will burn. Keep a close eye on this salsa recipe! When it becomes a "paste" type substance, you'll have yourself a thick fresh salsa recipe.
Chunky Salsa RecipeWhile you can make a chunky salsa recipe with a thick or thin sauce, it's generally easier and usually will come out thin. You won't cook this particular fresh salsa recipe for long - usually it will simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Be sure to stir while simmering, or it will burn. The less cook time, the more chunky this salsa recipe will be.
Full Flavor Fresh Salsa RecipeIf you want a good garden fresh salsa recipe that's full of flavor, add all of the ingredients listed below. Be sure to pay extra close attention to the garlic, adding more than just a sprinkle. For a true garden fresh salsa recipe, plan ahead in the spring and grow all the ingredients yourself (except lemon) and use real garlic instead of garlic salt.
Additional Salsa Recipe TipsI do recommend you taste your salsa before you cook it and adjust your ingredients from there, but keep in mind it will be a bit more hot when cooked and the flavor will blend more.
I've also seen recipes that do not require cooking the salsa, which is definately an option as well. Just keep in mind that the best garden fresh salsa recipe comes from trial and error, so start with basics and use this only as a guide to making a salsa that's perfect for you!
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