Cultured Salsa is easy to put together, and can be enjoyed fresh the day you make it, and then allowed to lacto-ferment for a day or two for the bonus of longer storage and the nutritional benefits of probiotics.
Enjoy cultured salsa anywhere you would enjoy regular salsa- eggs, tacos, taco salad, nachos, or even to dip vegetables in.
You can add fruit for variety too- peach and pineapple (just add about 1 cup, chopped) are delicious additions when in season.
If you’re in a pinch, you can also buy fresh salsa at the store and make this salsa from that. So fast, easy, and delicious!
This salsa will keep for weeks unopened after the initial fermentation. Once you are using it (every time the jar is opened bacteria are introduced), it is best to be used up within one week. Don’t use this much salsa? Just do your initial fermentation in smaller jars that you can use in one week.
Caution: This live food tends to become carbonated, do your countertop fermentation with the jars in a shallow pan or casserole dish to contain the liquid if it leaks. You may also want o ‘burp’ it before transferring to the fridge. Just open the lid slightly and allow any gas to escape before closing tightly again for storage.
- 8 medium roma tomatoes (or 3 cans of diced tomatoes)
- 3 medium onions
- 6 large or 12 small chili peppers, hot or mild
- 12 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped or 2 tablespoons dried
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- The juice of 4 lemons
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 4 tablespoons whey (optional)
- Filtered water as needed
- Chop tomatoes, discard seeds, and place in a bowl.
- The following can be easily done by pulsing a food processor: Peel and dice onions, remove seeds of chilies under running water and dice (be careful to avoid burns, use gloves if necessary).
- Mix chopped vegetables with remaining ingredients besides the water. Pack firmly into quart sized mason jars, adding filtered water if the juice does not cover the vegetables.
- Salsa should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar.
- Cover tightly and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 day before transferring to the fridge.