Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Green Mango Salsa

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May is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  I have two big mango trees in my backyard, and both are filled with ripening fruit.  My challenge for myself this month is to use the mangoes to make jams, sauces, and other wonderful things.  (Such a problem, huh?)

But the mangoes aren't quite ripe yet, so I pulled off about 8 and decided to try making green mango salsa.

I used my canning equipment (bought back when I thought I'd be Madame Frugality and grow and store almost all my food myself) to can three pints of salsa, but if you don't have the equipment, you can make it and store it in the refrigerator.  You'll probably want to increase the simmering time.  The vinegar in the salsa should keep it from going bad for a while.  But if you do can the salsa, be sure to follow official canning directions, not just what I've listed here.  I suggest the book Keeping Food By, which goes into much detail about the process of canning.

I got this recipe from this website.  The recipe at first says it will make 6-8 pints, but then in the directions says to full half-pint containers.  So I think it's a mistake, and it will make 3-4 pints or 6-8 half-pints.


6 cups diced green (unripe) mango (8 medium green mangoes)
1-1/2 cups diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tsp chopped ginger root
1 cup brown sugar
1-1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water

Wash and rinse 3-4 pint or 6-8 half-pint canning jars.  Fill a water-bath canner with water and place the jars and lids inside.  Bring the water to a boil.

Combine all ingredients in a stockpot.  Bring to a boil over high heat and stir to dissolve sugar.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Remove the jars and lids from the canner and fill the jars with hot salsa, leaving 1/2 inch headspace in the jars Place a plastic knife in the jars to remove any air bubbles, and fill with more salsa if necessary.  Wipe rims of jars and apply lids and bands to the jars.

Process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.  Remove jars and allow to cool on a rack.

Makes 3-4 pints or 6-8 half-pints.

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nancy May 5, 2011 at 12:01 AM  

Thanks for hosting this link up party! I posted two recipes for grilling season:Ginger Lime Chicken Marinade and Grilled Pantry Pork Chop Marinade. I hope that is OK.

-Nancy @

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom May 5, 2011 at 6:49 AM  

I am sharing my newfound recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning. Saves lots of money! Enjoy!

Lisa May 5, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

Thanks for hosting! I'm sharing my Vanilla Muffins recipe. They're a basic muffin with extra vanilla that makes them extra good. These go well with just about any breakfast you could think of or make a great snack. Enjoy!

Barb @ A Life in Balance May 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

Speaking of canning, I shared my cost analysis of canning grape jelly. We have quite a few grape vines, and make jelly every year for gifts or our own pantry stash.

Miz Helen May 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

Your Green Mango Salsa would be a great hit here, we would just love it and will sure be trying it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free May 5, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

Homemade chicken soup can be so good, so why put up with mediocre canned soup when you can make some outstanding soup of your own? That's why I made Chicken Soup with Mushroom and Onion -- which could even use homemade stock, if you like.


Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney May 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM  

You know I love mangoes! This looks like a great recipe! Thanks for linking this up to Fat Camp Fridays this week! See you next week!

darly May 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

green mango salsa is a staple side dish in my home country, specially that green mangoes are always in season

have a blastful weekend, and hope you check out my entry here too.
Food and Passion
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Tetcha May 7, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

I love that! Green mango salsa goes well with any fried dish! I hope you can visit my FTF entry, too:

Cheerful May 7, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

wow, looks really interesting and your process sounds great! want to try it someday! thanks for sharing your recipe! have a great weekend!

Alea Milham May 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM  

We don't have a mango tree, but we have benefited from some great sales (4 mangoes for $1.00). Thanks for sharing your post with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

The Wise Alternative 918-836-0565 May 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

Mango salsa is one of my favorites especially with fish!

Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

HaleyLeann May 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

I love mango salsa on fish. I have never done any canning, although I would like to. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

Unknown May 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

how lucky are you have your own mango tree...great salsa recipe...thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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