Some Recipes

Salsa before cooking downWe’ve found a few recipes that we like a lot when we can stuff.  A few folks have asked for our the recipes we use so here they are…I credit the sources I know while others remain anonymous. 


 We can most stuff in pints because that suits our needs but I suppose you could adapt as needed.  These recipes work for us but you use them at your own risk.   Improper recipes, canning methods, etc can be dangerous.  More likely, with a little care, it will be a good time! 


Salsa – from my friend Erin

8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped, drained
2 1/2 cups onion, diced medium
1/8 cup canning salt
1 1/2 cups green peppers, small chunks
1 cup jalapeno diced fine
3+ habaneros (to taste…more is better!)
6 cloves minced garlic
2+ tsp pepper
1 small can of tomato paste
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tsp cumin
1/3 cup (or less) sugar
sometimes we add a bunch of cayenne pepper diced fine too…

Mix and boil 10 minutes, put into pint jars and seal in water bath for 10 minutes
Makes 5 pints

Pizza Sauce
12 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (Roma tomatoes give best results)
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
3 tbsp fresh chopped oregano or 1 1/2 tsp dried
1 tbsp fresh basil or 1/2 tsp dried
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, sugar, pepper and bay leaves and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently uncovered until very thick (about 75 minutes), stirring frequently. Add lemon juice and salt, stir and ladle into 1/2 pint jars. Water bath can for 35 minutes. Makes 5 half-pints

Zucchini Pickles Achorn Farm
2 lbs. sliced zucchini
2 medium onions
1/4 cup salt
2 cups white vinegar
1-2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons mustard seed
Place zucchini in a large pot. Add salt and enough water, cover and let stand for 2 hours then drain well. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Have glass jars prepared filled with the zucchini and onion then fill jars with boiled liquid, seal jars and boil jars for 10 minutes.

We’ve made this with yellow summer squash too…I suppose anything that will take up the flavors would work!


Hot Pepper Spread
28 or so hot peppers
8 regular peppers
1 qrt mustard
1 qrt sugar
1 cup vinegar

Chop peppers, mix ingredients and cook about 20 minutes. Be sure and spray pan with cooking spray as it sticks very easily. Have ready 1/2 cup corn starch. Add just enough water to corn starch to make a thin paste, then add to the pepper mix…let it thicken. Water bath can for 10 minutes in pint jars

10 thoughts on “Some Recipes

  1. We’ve been in the kitchen so much lately…I think we still have other parts of our house but I don’t remember what they look like. Anyhow, this stuff is so much better than anything that we could buy. We know exactly what is in it and how it was prepared. That’s worth a lot to me!

  2. I am SO glad you posted these. I have been wanting to make my own Pizza Sauce for ages now.

    I found a way I like to make pizza crust a while back that I am really happy with but I have been buying my sauce. I will give it a try here soon (I can’t wait!) Pizza is one of our favorite foods.

    Thanks again for sharing them,

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  3. It’s a drag waiting for the pizza sauce to cook down but it durely does taste great when it’s done. We haven’t tried any homemade crust yet. I often make homemade bread so I guess it isn’t too big of a stretch…I just need to try it. Anyhow, thanks for visiting!

  4. I can’t wait to give it a try (your sauce.)

    The pizza crust I make I got from another person online (Jim..something or another. I also have made his easy bread, it is REALLY easy and it’s pretty good.) He makes some funny videos but it’s easy to follow (which is good for someone like me) and I love his tip about buying a tile from the store to cook it.

    Just incase you ever want to check it out here is the link to his pizza pie (I just make his crust)

    I really enjoyed your site. I’ll be back again.

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  5. Sweet! I will try this over the weekend! I love making bread but I sort of get out of the habit in the summer with everything else going on. I have been trading honey to a friend who provides me with fresh ground wheat so I bet I could make a pretty sweet pizza crust too! Thanks for the info!

  6. I like your salsa recipe and will probably try it; I usually make the “Zesty Salsa” from the Ball Blue Book.

    I’ve been looking for a good pizza sauce recipe so I’ll *definitely* try yours.

    I gotta ask – what do you use the hot pepper spread for?

  7. Leslie,
    We use the spread on sandwiches, pretzels, hotdogs, baked potatoes…about anything you would normally eat either hot or mustard.

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