Yummy Zucchini Salsa (alternately titled: YEEOUCH!!!!!!!)

So remember the picture of the giant zucchini from last week? Well originally I had just wanted to get a zucchini to grate to freeze for baking but when the lady at the farmer’s market handed me that monster I knew I couldn’t freeze it all! I was brainstorming and searching my canning books when hubby offered a brilliant observation. He said “you know, when I was going to school one of the guys in my class brought a really yummy zucchini salsa one day.”

Zucchini salsa? I had never heard of such a thing but I definitely thought it was worth looking into. I found a recipe and it sounded pretty good so we decided to go for it. Since I doubled the recipe I had a had to find a really big non metal bowl to let it sit in overnight.  As a relatively anti plastic family we don’t have any large plastic bowls or buckets. After wandering around the house a little I found this:

It is my laundry room garbage can and it always has a bag in it so I took it and washed it off really well and filled it with zucchini, onion, peppers, and some jalapenos. I then proceeded to stir it with my hand.

Stupidest.thing.I’ve.ever.done.EVER.

Did you know that jalapenos can cause severe chemical burns? Neither did I. Until last night. I have never felt such intense pain, my entire hand was burning and nothing helped. I tried sour cream, milk, baking soda, burn cream, and ice. Nothing worked. I sent hubby to the drugstore this morning for a burn numbing spray but it didn’t work either!

I didn’t sleep the entire night. Ouch. It’s 24 hours later and I am finally getting some relief. Fortunately the salsa is really good.

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