Making and canning homemade salsa is a great way to use up an abundance of fresh summer tomatoes, but only some recipes are appropriate for canning. Always be sure to look for recipes where the salsa is cooked before it’s canned (cooking helps kill germs and prevents spoilage and foodborne illness) and then follow the instructions in the recipe exactly. Sterilizing the canning jars and lids, cooking the salsa for the correct amount of time, and then cooling and storing the jars properly are all important factors in making your recipe delicious and safe to eat.
Basically, everything is going to go into a big pot to be cooked. It doesn’t really matter in what order the ingredients go into the pot. I tend to put the vinegar, tomato paste and spices in first, if only because I’m afraid I’ll forget them at the end and have an incredibly boring (and unsafe) batch of salsa!
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Many of us begin a vegetable garden with dreams of preserving the harvest dancing in our heads. Even if you don’t grow food, the fresh ingredients for homemade salsa are abundant at farmers markets and farm stands during the growing season. Stock up with enough to can a batch of homemade salsa and enjoy the delicious flavors of summer all winter long.
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!
But remember how I said that this salsa recipe is really versatile? Well that’s because you don’t have to eat it only as a snack, you can easily incorporate it into your other meals. Here are a few suggestions:
I’m making this for the third time today. I fiddled with the peppers a little on each batch, as I have a few madly productive poblano plants this year. Given your mention of adjustments to the original recipe and my own subsequent pepper shenanigans, I let each of the first two batches sit for a few weeks after canning and then checked ph, and I’m pleased to report that both batches were unambiguously acidic enough for HWB canning. Oh, and delicious. I mean, really delicious, to the point where it’s difficult to express how good this salsa is without resorting to profanity. 200lbs and counting of tomatoes from the garden this year, and this is easily the biggest hit out of all experiments so far. Thank you!
Just made this salsa. Husband says it’s the best ever. I went to store to pick up Cilantro as it was the only ingredient I didn’t have on hand. I forgot to add it. It still is the best. I canned 8 pints and drained off almost all liquid when filling jars. I plan to add cilantro as we use it. It is amazing!
Combine the diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt, sugar and lime juice in a blender or food processor. (This is a very large batch. I recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.)
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4Ladle hot into clean, hot jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, adjust headspace if needed, and wipe rims with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process 15 minutes using a boiling water bath method. At altitudes of 1000 feet or higher, increase processing time 1 minute for each 1000 feet of altitude.
Sadly, my search for the best recipe wasn’t at an end, though. We found that the salsa wasn’t very spicy and when I took the time to look at the ingredients of bottled lemon juice (it must be bottled – fresh lemon juice doesn’t have the consistent acid level for canning) I saw that it’s full of preservatives! Great. I’ve got all these organically grown vegetables and I’m adding preservatives. Double boo.
Hi Robyn, I haven’t tried freezing it but I’m assuming since it’s a fresh salsa the tomatoes might have a “soft” texture to them when you defrost and not be as fresh. If you do end up freezing it, I would love to know how it works out for you!
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Jarred salsa can be good, but let me tell you, making it fresh… whew… you won’t want jarred anymore. Fresh blows that out of the water. Plus if you’re into canning, I’m sure you could can this salsa yourself and have it fresh year round 🙂 You could also freeze it 🙂