Well, today was the first day that I went to work in the dark and came home in the dark. At least I left work in the light, it just got dark on the bus ride home. But today was a crisp clear fall day, meaning that tonight will be very cold indeed with no cloud cover to hold the heat in. Mid 30s they say. That's very very close to freezing. Of course I don't feel like going out and covering my final bed, especially since it's only got frost tollerant plants in it (well, not the marigolds, but they've outlived their usefullness anyway hehe). I may go out and water under the hoop covers when I take the garbage out, but otherwise this has been a no-garden day. Too cold now. Brrr.
However, when I got home I wanted nothing more than to hug my kids and crack open a chilled jar of salsa and chips. So, while the kids had dinner, I had appetizers. Much to my chagrin, the salsa had NO bite, no kick, and not much in the way of lingering heat. I don't think we did anything wrong. I did heat it to a simmer, store it in the fridge overnight and re-heat to a simmer before canning. I don't think that had anything to do with it. More likely, we just needed to add twice to three times the peppers. Maybe even a habanero or two for some real kick. We didn't think we needed to because when we tasted it initially it was hot. Not too hot, but just right. Goldilocks would have been proud.
So, next time we'll do it with more heat. At least the taste of this salsa is amazing. Far better with home-grown tomatoes and garlic. I'm really debating about growing a determinate tomato or two for bigger harvest.
Well, that's all I can think of for tonight. Enjoy your garden.