As is often the case when canning, I had a bit extra that I stored in a jar in the fridge to just use up during the coming week. And I tried it the following day, 24 hours after cooking/canning.
It was okay. I mean, it's tasty. But also kind of bland. I didn't add a jalapeño and I regret it. It's just blah.
I had choices. I could say forgetaboutit and just put all the jars away and use it as is. I could uncan it all, put it back in the pot, wash/sterilize the jars, throw away the lids, buy new lids, and a jalapeño, make it taste better, and can it all up again. I could not do either and find a way to use it as something other than salsa.
I went with choice three and am so please with myself! I used several larger jars of the salsa, plus a sautéed onion, homemade turkey stock, home cooked turkey from the freezer, three cans of white beans, and a ton of cumin and turned it into the most delicious soup. Perfect for a chilly, dark fall night!
Lemonade, my friends, lemonade! With a side of fresh bakery bread!