We have also tweaked our original recipe multiple times--and developed 2 other flavors from it--including chipotle and cilantro/lime. In addition, we use a pressure cooker to can our fouth flavor--a knock off recipe from a local Mexican restaurant. We didn't like the flavor with all the vinegar needed to safely can it (it was a recipe used for eating fresh), so we learned to pressure can. Because there are only four burners and only so much cooktop space, we discovered 3 years ago, that the side burner on our gas grill works magically--and provides extra
stress calorie-burning opportunities as we constantly run out to the deck to check the steam blow off valve and the pressure gauge (wow, that sounds tech-y doesn't it :-) But, you do what you have to do!! Last year we made a new recipe called "mix." Because we inadvertantly dumped half of one pot into another pot and then had no idea what was what. Of course it was terrific! (Lisa, Dev went through every jar today looking for one that was labeled 'mix'! and was very irritated when he didn't find one and found out we didn't even MAKE one!) This year we played around with black pepper, liking the results! We also got a wild hair and tried peach salsa, with some peaches from my tree that were in the freezer. And other than the fact that it was the most hideous looking stuff you have EVER seen (like vomit in a jar. .or calf scours. .or. .well you get the picture), it wasn't that bad. We decided it would be good served over cream cheese with crackers--look out potlucks, here we come!
We enjoyed each other's company while we worked and played. At the end of the day, we had around 124 pints of salsa to carry home!! Next year we might hire Camille to help--after all, she can count well, proclaims how beautiful the salsa is, and is good at dumping things in a bowl--if your salsa is a liiiitttle tooooo hot, it may be because someone dumped in some red pepper flakes that were meticulously measured out into her measuring cup while no one (in charge) was looking!! Milk is great for taking heat out of your mouth. . .just sayin'!