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Early Autumn Apple Salsa

I received another shipment from Lock and Lock as part of their Supporter's Program. Each time I get a shipment, I get super excited to see what goodies are in the box. Honestly, it is just like Christmas morning! In the box this month I received one of Lock and Lock's newest products Lock and Lock "Air" Airless Container. This product prevents air from reaching your food and deters bacteria growth. So, your treats should stay fresh longer.

The container is really genus. Once you have "locked" the container lid on, you press lightly on the center of the lid until your hear a beep. This removes air from inside the container. Then lift the air release valve on the lid to release all of the air. A small hissing sound will let you know that the air is being pushed out. Set the convenient date dial and you are all set.

Of course, I had to try it out immediately. So I thought to myself, what would be a good use for this container? The answer, an original recipes for Early Autumn Apple Salsa inspired by a trip this morning to our local Farmer's Market. As I walked the market, my eyes spied some gorgeous Gala apples from a local orchard. I knew I already had some sweet and hot peppers from my Dad's garden, Vidalia onions, cherry tomatoes and a bunch of cilantro. So for me, salsa was the natural choice. My husband and I decided earlier in the day to have a halved turkey breast for dinner since my daughter was coming home from college for the weekend and since she is a following a gluten free, dairy and lactose free diet, gravy was definitely not on the menu!

I remembered my basic salsa recipe and decided to make some timely substitutes to switch it up. Here's the recipe:
Early Autumn Apple Salsa
2 Gala apples (or use your favorite), quartered and seeded (I left the skin on for a little extra fiber).
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 sweet onion, halved and quartered
1 small green pepper, seeded and quartered
1 small hot pepper, seeded and quartered
small bundle of cilantro, washed and trimmed
2 tbs fresh lime juice
1/8 cup white raisins
salt and pepper to taste

As you prepare all the ingredients, add it to the bowl of a food processor. Process using the pulse setting a few times. Scrape down the bowl and add the raisins. Pulse a few more times and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to your Lock and Lock Airless Container and place in refrigerator until ready to use. Makes about 3 cups.

Serve with your favorite light meat or use it as a healthy snack with tortilla chips.

NOTE: Adjust the heat level of your salsa by adding additional hot peppers. If you are a garlic fan, consider adding one or two peeled cloves to the mixture before processing.

A little more about Lock and Lock for anyone who has not heard about them yet. Lock and Lock was established in 1978 and has grown into a global commodity. The containers are  produced from a new material with no BPA so it safe for humans and the environment. They have a wide range of products including a great range of storage containers, ceramic cookware, storage containers, water and tea bottles and so much more. One of the best things about the company is that they are always participating in sales so anyone can try the product at very reduced costs. They even have happy hour deals twice a day where you can really find some great deals. Lock and Lock has also partnered with some of the online marketers so it does pay to keep your eyes out for deals from KG Deals, Groupon and others.

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