nicole's party salsa

everyone needs a recipe that uses a ton of zucchini for when the neighbours start dropping them on doorsteps and running away. This is my all time favourite. I adjust the amount of heat by sometimes substituting habanero peppers or canned chipoltes for a smoky taste, or whatever the neighbours are growing.

I made my first salsa of the season on August 10th this year... the latest in a long long time, but we had a late start on the tomatoes this year.

Party Salsa

Prepare about 11 pint jars & lids.
10 c grated zucchini
4 chopped onions
2 green peppers, chopped
2 red peppers chopped
1/4 c course salt
4 jalapeno peppers (or hotter!)
Mix these together and let sit all day or overnight. Drain.
5 Tbsp dry mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced (at least)
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp turmeric
2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
2 c vinegar
1 c brown sugar
5 – 6 c chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes soaked in boiling water & chopped a bit
2 tins tomato paste
4 chopped hot peppers
Mix all together, then add to above mixture. Bring to boil & simmer 30 – 40 minutes.
When nice and thick, pour into jars & can 30 minutes. (you can add cilantro but I think it tastes like soap, so I don't use it! Apparently loving or hating cilantro is a cultural thing, so I can blame my mother for this one too.)

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