Most of the store-bought salsa is too sweet for my tastes. Tomato salsa should be tangy and bright, not a chunky substitute for ketchup. Making a salsa that is both palate-tingling and safe for canning is remarkably easy, and far more cost-effective.
Strawberry jam is a crowd pleaser, but for the home jam maker, it's pretty fraught. Ripe strawberries tend to be low in pectin, and so getting a good set can be tricky business. There are some tricks to help on this front.
Spring raspberries have arrived in California just in time for me to make 150 tasty wedding favors. Add a little pomegranate juice and you have something really special. See my system for making a LOT of tiny jams.
In San Diego, loquats are ubiquitous and largely ignored, even when heavy with their delectable, unique fruits. Marmalade making yields its own pectin, and adding loquats softens the texture and reduces the added sugar.