Measuring Tomatoes and Peppers in Canned Salsa
Hello, when a salsa recipe for canning calls for a quart of tomatoes I assume this is a quart of whole tomatoes, not chopped, correct?
If so, does this "7 quarts peeled, cored, chopped paste tomatoes" also mean unchopped, whole tomatoes?
And how do you measure a quart of whole tomatoes being there is airspace around them and their size and shape makes it difficult to fill a quart with the tomatoes decently packed together? I ask because I know for safety's sake it is important to have the correct proportions of ingredients.
Lastly, when a recipe calls for a long green chili how do you know what size this means? All my recipes come from the National Center for Home Food Preservation, but when they speak of long green chilis in an article separate from the recipe they list a range of sizes for these peppers, so again, for the sake of safety, I'm not sure in terms of measurements what exactly this means. Thank you!
Alpena County Michigan
Thank you. So I canned salsa last week and used the measurement as whole, unpeeled tomatoes sitting in a plastic quart container, because that's what I was told in a class. Should I throw out the salsa since it may not equal one quart of chopped tomatoes and thus be unsafe?
And I know this recipe asks for four cups of long green chilis, however, other recipes on the site asks for four long green chilis and six jalapeños. While jalapeños seem to be a fairly uniform size, in this instance what I'm asking is how large should be the long green chili that I use for this recipe as the size can be variable? Thank you. And, secondly, if I wish to substitute another pepper type for a long green chili, in cups, how much is one long green chili.