Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cheap salsa gets an upgrade

   Americans spend more $ dinero on salsa than we do on ketchup these days. Which means, if your household is anything like ours when it comes to scarfing down the chips and salsa, there are some savings to be had here. Okay, maybe not mega-savings, more in the category of every-little-bit-counts savings.
   First of all, please forgive the camera flash that makes the end result at right look less's actually only slightly less deeply colored than the original salsa. I must learn to take better pictures!
   Starting with the cheapest salsa I can find, I add a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes and then some pepper jelly to taste. (One batch of pepper jelly freezer jam I made never set up so it finds its way into salsas and soups...gotta use it up somehow!) If I didn't have any pepper jelly on hand, I'd probably stir or smush-in whatever flavor jam happened to be opened in the fridge, as I'm a fan of slightly sweet heat. I usually buy medium heat salsa & end up with something just barely hotter than mild, but if hot salsa happens to be all I can find on sale, that works for me too.
   If avocados are in season, I'll cut one up and add it to a little of the salsa, making sure to end up with only what can be eaten in one or two days before the avocado turns. And of course, when our garden's in full force, we make fresh salsas, but in wintertime, this'll do.
   Next harvest, I'm hoping to spend some time dicing tomatoes for the freezer, so I won't have to buy the canned tomatoes all winter, but with a generic 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes going for around 63 cents, unadorned canned tomatoes are still cheaper per ounce than salsa. Incidentally, for anyone concerned with their salt intake, adding no-salt tomatoes helps lower a salsa's salt content.
   Okay, that's one of my little easy-peasy ways to stretch our grocery dollars. Anything being stretched in your kitchen these days?


Practical Parsimony said...

This is the best way to save, pennies at a time. It is my kind of savings. My whole blog is about the little ways to save. I get it. I believe the kitchen is one of the best places to start saving. Great post.

Have you ever thought about making salsa in the summer and canning it? I don't eat salsa, but I read posts where people do eat salsa.

You can look at the color balance setting on the computer program for your camera to fix the pictures. However, the pics are great.

Practical Parsimony said...

I meant, I read posts where people do make and can salsa.

Anonymous said...

There is a group new me called "Preserving Traditions" that does all sorts of neat workshops (canning, sauerkraut, etc). They have an annual salsa canning get-together... I came home with 11 pints of salsa and all I had to bring with me were my jars, tomatoes, and an onion. It's so sad that they're almost all gone now :(


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