Corn and Black Bean Salsa
4 lbs tomatoes, chopped and drained
2 1/2 cups onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups green peppers
1 cup jalapeno pepper, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
1/3 cup vinegar
1 (15 ounce) tomato sauce
1 (12 ounce) tomato paste
1 (15 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups fresh corn kernels
Equipment: boiling water canner,canning jars, canning funnel, rubber spatula, jar lifter and/or tongs
First, prepare your jars as follows:
Place cans on rack of boiling water canner, add water until the pint jars are about 2/3rds full. Cover and bring to a simmer. This process kills any bacteria. In a small saucepan, place the lids - the flat, round piece, cover and bring to a simmer. The screw bands do not need to sterilized.
Then, start your vegetables:
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring occassinally for about 5 minutes.
Now you are ready to start canning your salsa:
One jar at a time, remove from canner, pouring hot water back into canner, place jar on flat heat-resistant surface. Ladle salsa into jar leaving about a half inch of headspace, wipe the rim and threads with a paper towel. ( This is important to make sure vacuum seal can occur). Lift a hot lid with your tongs and place on jar and then screw the lid with your fingertips until tight. Place back in canner with tongs. Repeat until done.
Cover all jars with additional water by an inch or so. Cover canner and bring to a boil. The boiling must be continuous and rapid for 15 minutes. Remove lid, let sit for about 5 minutes or so. Remove jars without tilting, place jars on a towel in a draft-free spot and allow to cool for 24 hours. Store in a cool dark place for up to a year.
This recipe will yield about 6 pint jars. Enjoy!!