I was a little bummed that this month’s Tigress Can Jam theme wasn’t apples, since I’ve been canning them like crazy – namely my apple maple butter, which is my dad’s personal favorite. Alas, the theme was chili peppers, although any fruit of the plant family capsicum was eligible for use in our recipes. I decided that it might be fun to try out another salsa since I was pretty happy with the first one I canned, and then I had another thought – why not make apple salsa? I still had a few to use up from when we went apple picking, and I thought the sweetness of the apples would nicely balance the hotness from the peppers. I adapted my recipe from one in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, and I loved the way it turned out. It’s perfect for eating with tortilla chips, or even spreading on a bagel if you want to kick breakfast up a notch!
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 cups apples, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (remove the seeds if you want less heat)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar and apples. Add in the onion, jalapeño peppers, red pepper, cilantro, honey, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat. Boil gently until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
When ready to can, prepare your supplies. Bring the temperature of the glass jars up by processing them in hot water for several minutes. Heat a few cups of water in a small saucepan for the lids.
When the jars are ready, ladle hot salsa into the jars, leaving 1/2″ headspace at the top of the jar and place the lids and bands on top, screwing on the bands just to fingertip-tight. Place the full jars back into the boiling water and boil 15 minutes. Remove from the water and place the jars on a towel, and let the jars cool. The seals should suck down (you’ll hear a popping noise as they do). Makes 2 eight-ounce jars.