-There haven’t been many (if at all) cases of food poisoning from home-canned tomato products, though the USDA has spent the last 30 years telling us that tomatoes are on the edge of acid now and aren’t ‘safe.’
Comments from a visitor on July 25, 2010: “Hi, I made Salsa today in record time. Your recipe is outstanding. I precisely followed the instructions, but added fresh cilantro because we like the taste. I filled 8 Jars exact like you suggested. Thanks for the tip to sterilize the jars in the dishwasher. There is an other trick I used: I did not peel my tomatoes, I chopped them (as well as garlic and onions) in the food-processor, no skins to see or taste! Thanks again, great website! Linda”
A great recipe – thank you so much! A suggestion though – we did the chopping of garlic, onions, peppers, juiced the limes, and toasted/ground the cumin the night before. We put them in fridge but let them come back to room temp before we added them to the tomatoes. It didn’t seem so overwhelming the day of canning. Such a blessing to find this recipe. Thanks again!
To finish the tomato prep, dice the tomatoes into small chunks and place in colander to drain off excess juice. We prefer to scrape out most of the seeds and squeeze out excess juice for a thicker salsa. If desired, juice can be strained and drunk, or canned separately for later use.
Hi! Thank you for the recipe, I’m very excited to make it. I was wondering, how long is the shelf life? Also, if there sitting on the shelf for more than a month will it drastically change its flavor?
Have sterilized pint jars and lids and screw caps ready (they should all be washed in very hot water). Use a canning funnel and ladle hot salsa into jars, leaving a ½-inch head space. Wipe rims clean with a damp cloth and carefully place lid on and screw cap in place. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, then place upright on counter for 24 hours (see recipe notes for link to USDA Canning Guidelines). You will hear popping sounds as the jars seal. If after 24 hours, any haven’t sealed, put in refrigerator to use now.
Can’t wait to try this! On another note, do you know how I can get your recipes to print without the ad in the middle? The ad used to show up but wouldn’t print. Now it’s printing and I can’t get rid of it. I’ve tried going to “ad options” but I believe that just changes the types of ads I see, not taking the ads away. It’s just annoying that a lot of the recipes are printing in 2 pages now because of it. Any direction you can give would be great. Thanks!
Oh yes!! Pretty sure salsa is my favorite food of all time, and I agree–homemade is always best! Yikes-I have no idea why it’s been so long since I’ve made it at home! Your recipe is my inspiration–definitely whipping up a batch this week! 🙂
When processing time is complete, turn off heat and allow the canner to cool down and settle for about 10 minutes. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter; remove the cover by tilting lid away from you so that steam does not burn your face. Use a jar lifter to lift the jars https://great-salsa.com/about-us/ canner and place on the towel. Allow the jars to cool for 12 to 24-hours. You should hear the satisfactory “ping” of the jar lids sealing.
This recipe is bursting with flavor! It is fresh and spicy, and did I mention easy? This is the closest thing to restaurant style salsa you will find. The jalapenos and hot pepper sauce (e.g., Tabasco) add spice to the mix and the cilantro, lime juice, and green onions create freshness.
Awesome salsa recipe! I will be using this year after year to preserve the tomatoes from my garden. This time I made a double batch, but I will probably quadruple it next time as it is a lot of prep work. Thanks for this great addition to my recipe book!
My homemade version would likely go bad faster than the store bough variety, but I kept my last batch for a little over a week, and it was still good! Store bought would likely last longer, which is why I still buy some of that too.
Yesterday I told myself I was going to make some salsa to can, but I didn’t have a good recipe for it. Then I checked your post and you delivered once again! Thanks for your psychic skills. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this.
Hi Caila! Oh no. Sounds like it might have something to do with the tomatoes you used. Did you use Roma tomatoes? Were the tomatoes you used really soft? If so, they probably had more liquid to them then most Roma tomatoes. You could always strain the salsa to make it thicker and adjust the taste with more lime and/or salt. Sorry it didn’t turn out like it should have. I’m really thinking it had to do with the tomatoes. I hope you give it another try. 🙂
Question. I used my food processor to chop up tomatoes. Probably took 1/2 bushel of Roma tomatoes for 10 cup. Do you think this is too much tomato for this recipe. Tomatoes pulp really looks nice and I think is the righ consistency.
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Hello! Do you have a homemade canned spaghetti sauce recipe that you could share? I have made varying sauces throughout the years and have not found one that I love! If I were to buy a sauce in the store I would prefer Prego over any others, so that is the type of sauce I would like to can. Any ideas? Thanks!
OMG this is so good!! I made a batch at 7am for a bbq this afternoon and ate half of it for my breakfast, so had to replenish it with another can of tomatoes (only had a can of chopped tomatoes left, which worked fine, plus another pinch of all the other ingredients… Amazing! Only thing I had to change was using garlic powder as I had no fresh, still fine. Used 1 green chili and half a red, no seeds, perfect! And 1/4 tsp sugar, as I’m not a huge fan of sweetness. Thank you so much, this is my go to Salsa now :)) Going to make your hummus now too!
I hope you enjoy it, Katie. Unfortunately citric acid can’t be directly subbed for vinegar in salsa. There are no tested recipes for that. However you can sub bottled lemon or bottled lime juice for the vinegar (same amount) and some prefer that flavor (I think I mention that in the recipe?).
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