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Salsa Fresca

Salsa Fresca

- Courtsey of Deanna Ibbitson

Fresh salsa is an easy, low calorie dish that is very pleasing to the eye and palate. Use the salsa to top fish, accompany Mexican food, or simply eat it with corn chips.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 pepper (any colour), finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • the juice from one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix the tomatoes, pepper, onion and cilantro in a large bowl. Add the lime juice and salt and pepper to the vegetables and toss.

Tips: To make a less juicy salsa, simply remove the seeds from the tomatoes with a small spoon before dicing. You can also try adding diced fruit, such as peaches, apricots, or avocado to the salsa for a more unique flavour and texture.

Saving tomatoes for later: Crushed tomatoes

If you have a large amount of tomatoes that you don't think you will be using any time soon, you can blanch and peel them, then portion and freeze them to use at a later date. Using this method you can have a year round supply of fresh frozen, local tomatoes, which can be more cost-effective than purchasing canned tomatoes.

Step 1: Blanching

Blanching is the process of removing the skin from a fruit by "shocking" them with boiling water.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Remove the stem portion of each tomato with a sharp paring knife. Score an "X" on the bottom of each tomato. Place the tomatoes carefully into the boiling water using tongs. After about a minute you will notice the skin starting to peel. Remove the tomatoes carefully and place in a container of cold water. When the tomatoes are cool, carefully peel the tomatoes using a paring knife. The skins should lift off very easily.

Step 2: Processing

Remove the seeds by squeezing each tomato with your hand. Place the tomatoes in a blender or food processor to crush them.

Step 3: Portion and Freeze

Measure out the prepared tomatoes into one or two cup portions and place in freezer bags or containers. Label the containers with the name, date and amount. The next time you need crushed tomatoes, you can simply thaw out the desired portion!