Preserving Food: Sensational Salsas
Sauces, relishes or dips that can spice up a meal or snack, salsas are enjoyed for intense flavors and colors. A combination of tomatoes, onions and peppers can add zest to chips. Fruit, herbs and the “heat” of onion or pepper spooned across meat or fish perk up the taste buds and create images of an exotic cuisine. Reds, oranges, greens and yellows. Spicy, hot, sweet, savory, herbal and aromatic. All are delights for the senses and make meals lively.
Cooks love to experiment with salsa recipes and many want to preserve their winning combination by canning. Most salsa recipes are a mixture of low-acid foods (such as onions and peppers), with more acid foods (such as tomatoes). Acid flavorings such as vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice are also common additions. The types and amounts of ingredients used in salsa, as well as the preparation method, are important considerations in how a salsa is canned. Improperly canned salsas or other tomato-pepper combinations have been implicated in more than one outbreak of botulism poisoning.