Ultra Gel is ultrafine cornstarch, which is used to thicken the salsa. It is now the preferred product for thickening when canning. I recently purchased Ultra Gel, which is GMO free. Clear Jel is a similar product. When I first made this recipe, it called for cornstarch, but Ultra Gel and Clear Jel are now recommended over corn starch for canning.
I’m not 100% positive, but I think so. Basically the recipe needs enough acidity to can properly and be food safe. You might google and see if you can sub lime juice in canning recipes for the lemon juice.
Cook the salsa until it’s nice and hot (boiling), and then follow the instructions I posted yesterday for canning tomatoes to fill and process the jars. If it seems https://great-salsa.com/category/canning/ juicy, you can always boil off some of the water first.
Hey thanks Brian! We love hearing from satisfied readers. Glad you like the salsa! I hope you try some other Bald recipes too. They’re all delicious. We have some great outdoor recipes under our camping section, and loads of other tasty treats throughout the site. Enjoy!
Chips and salsa go together like…well, chips and salsa! So, since you’re planning to make homemade salsa, why not pair it with homemade chips? We’ve got a great recipe for Crispy Crunchy Pita Chips we think you’ll want to try!
This blog is AMAZING!! I love to cook but I am a beginner at this point. All other blogs explain the recipes however you still feel a bit lost and unsure. This is great! I Love how everything is explained with pictures.
I have done salsa for quite a few years but I never cook mine down I just bottle it fresh into hot bottles and then water bath it for 30 minutes. I haven’t had any trouble with my salsa or any one die but now I am concerned because every receipe I read cooks it down. What do you think
My mouth is watering by just looking at these pictures! I will definitely going to try it this weekend. Thank you very much for the awesome recipe! Your YouTube video is so fun to watch. You deserve more subscribers and more views! Keep the awesome vides coming!
Last night I wasn’t so sure about the acv. Today, I LOVE this salsa! Ill be pinning it so I never lose it. I did cut back on the green pepper, sugar, and jalapenos. I used about 8 Anaheim, a couple of serannos. Yum!!
The tomatoes you use should be able to stand up to the canning process. Good varieties to use (such as Roma or Beefsteak) have thick walls and less water than other varieties. Instead of buying them at the supermarket, I suggest buying them from a local farmer’s market. I picked mine up from an Amish community market – an enormous box full (that I could barely lift) for around ten or twelve dollars. (That being said, I had way more than the 15 lbs this recipe calls for, so I made more than one batch) If possible, buy all of your salsa veggies this way.
Also, for those who are too lazy to put on gloves to cut chile peppers, you can always use a fork and knife, as if you were cutting them to eat them. That’s how they do it in Mexico. Just a note: they don’t even cut them with their bare hands down there, so don’t try it at home!
I’m on the hunt for an out-of-this-world pico de gallo recipe. While this was not it, this will be my go-to base recipe for the time being. Fresh and good. Make sure to drain as much liquid from the tomatoes as possible during seeding and chopping. Let the lime juice and seasonings stand out by eliminating tomato liquid completely. Day 2 the flavor was still good in our case.
Yes, Lori! Any canning recipe can be frozen from a safety standpoint (texture changes are the main concern), and salsa is a good choice for that. I’ve frozen leftover batches before and the only thing I’ve noticed is that it might be a bit more watery after thawing, but I just drained it a bit and we still enjoyed it.
Just a wild guess, but I would think the amount of garlic would be so small that it would be insignificant. Plus, garlic isn’t going to add acid which is the important part. Good tip about hot peppers! 🙂 Katie
Do you know exactly how much this makes? I need 2 and a half cups for an enchilada recipe and it would be great! Just didn’t know if I needed to double the recipe to get this amount. Thanks for sharing!
I made my own salsa for the first time this summer and was amazed at how easy it was and how fresh it tasted. Now that I get the hang of it, I’m trying lots of variations (different chiles, spices, more/less garlic, cilantro, etc.). Thanks for such a simple, un-intimidating recipe!
Thanks for this great recipe! Every jar is gone! I was worried about how long it would be good for. It didn’t last even 1 month! I think I have found the perfect Christmas gift for all my people! Thankfully the climate I live in supports fresh produce all year round!
Samantha, it really depends on the tomatoes. We started with really red ripe tomatoes. If the tomatoes are a little more pale the salsa tends to be on the orange side. It will be just as tasty though. Cheers!
we are a pint right while we were canning it and it tastes great but now that I realize I messed up and didn’t double up the tomatoes I am wondering if the PH will be bad and not safe to eat?? 715 571 6236 [email protected]
You’re right, Jen, that’s not considered a safe-for-canning method. You should always use a tested recipe with measured ingredients to keep your acid-to-low-acid ratios in check (higher acid being tomatoes, lemon juice or vinegar, lower are peppers, onions, cilantro/parsley, garlic).
I’ve never made salsa before but wanted to after I got some tomatoes from a family member. I just did a search on pinterest and this one came up. I made it today and you’re right, it’s the best damn salsa ever!!! My kids, who are little (6, 4 and 2), could not stop eating it. I had to share with a neighbor and she said it’s the best one she’s tried. Thank you! This is my new go to recipe for salsa!
I never really cared for store bought salsa so I decided to come up with my own recipe. Now I can’t make enough of it! I am always asked to bring it with me to any family get-together or potluck. I always leave with an empty bowl!—Dana Sapp, Scottsville, Kentucky
Where have you been all my life. I love the fresh salsa that Bev makes but just care for the cooked stuff – Pace or otherwise. It looks like the quick processing keeps this more toward the fresh end – and the recipe sounds good as well.
Is this salsa recipe able to be canned? Any help would be appreciated. Any info on how I would do this? I have never canned before but love this recipe. I would like to make a huge batch at once and can it for later use.
Oh goodness! Well I hope I didn’t mess it up too much. I did drain the half I chopped in the food processor. The half I cut by hand I just poured off the juice from the cutting board prior to adding the tomatoes to the pot. The sample I had prior to processing them was yummy! We will find out when they cool.
I made this today and it was my first time making salsa to can. Did not have 8 lbs. of ripe toms so settled for 5, some were not fully ripe and I did add some tomatillos. I took the time to drain some of the fluid off and the results was nice firm tomatoes. Didn’t take the time to skin them either and they cooked up fine and did not in any way detract from the texture or taste. I love lime so, while I did use fresh lime juice from limes, I also added a bit of concentrated lime powder to give it a kick without adding fluid. I didn’t cook it for as long as suggested as it seemed to cook fairly quickly and I didn’t wanted it to be too mushy. Final touch was a bit more cilantro. Since I had hot chill peppers and jalapeño peppers from my garden I didn’t stint with those either…… it is fantastic. Thank you Jothan for providing such a great recipe that I could tweak to our tastes.