Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Reader Question Answered ~ Homemade Ro-tel

I love to hear the many comments, thoughts and questions from my dear readers. So today's post is aimed at answering one such question...

Calico Prairie asked.."...may I please have your canned RoTel
recipe, pretty please? I love that stuff,
and have not been able to find any recipes for it."

Calico, I am most happy to share that with you. Unfortunately I don't have any step by step photos but I can share the recipe and photo of the final product.

Homemade Ro-tel
8 c. whole tomatoes; diced
2 c. jalpenos; diced (to taste - more or less depending on the heat desired)
1 Tblsp. salt (taste as you add it -- may need more or less depending on your preference)
lemon juice

lean and sterilize pint size jars, seals and bands. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

In a large mixing bowl combine tomatoes and jalapenos ( a little at a time.) Mix well as you add in the jalapenos. Add more for a richer heat flavor or less for a milder heat. Once this has been reached, gradually add in salt. Stir. Taste as you add the salt for your desired amount.

To the hot jars, add 1 tsp. lemon juice to bottom of each jar. Ladle tomato mixture into hot jars. Seal and tighten band to fingertip tight. Place in a water bath canner of luke warm water and bring to a rolling boil. Begin timer and process for 25 minutes. When processing is complete, remove jars and allow to cool completely. Listen for the "ping" sound as jars cool to let you know they have sealed properly.

Click HERE for printable recipe

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