Fresh salsa is amazing, but you simply can’t store it. This canned salsa is absolutely delicious and has a fantastic shelf life. It definitely rivals any salsa you’d get in a restaurant! I’ll show you how to can salsa like a pro with a few simple steps. This post contains affiliate links.
Canning salsa is easier than it sounds. Just chop and simmer. Not like making spaghetti sauce and having to peel tomatoes or canning peaches and having a sticky mess all over the kitchen. We won’t talk about the spaghetti sauce I canned a few summers ago except to say that it was awful. There’s nothing worse than spending an afternoon peeling tomatoes and sweating up a storm in the kitchen only to have the fruits of your labor not turn out at all!
I love making fresh salsa (pico de gallo) and blender salsa because I like to avoid the canning process whenever possible, and they always turn out great, but this salsa was fairly quick to make and turned out absolutely delicious! It’s a keeper, for sure, and if I could just get a handle on not bawling my eyes out while cutting onions it would be even better.
Anyone have tips for an onion cry baby like me? It’s awful!!
I only purchased one tomato plant for our garden this year because I am the only ones who likes tomatoes in our family. Then I received two plants from a gal at church who had way too many starts. I figured I’d get a few tomatoes from each plant since that has been my experience in the past. Well, these 3 plants were good to me this year and grew like CRAZY. Between the 3 tomato plants, and the pumpkin plant that spread across the back of the house creating a huge pumpkin patch, our “little” garden has taken over. I couldn’t keep up with just adding them to sandwiches and salads and wanted to preserve them somehow. Luckily Derrick likes salsa too, so now we have a nice supply to share.
My sister sent me a fantastic recipe that I followed, but you could use any combination of tomatoes, veggies, and spices. The canning process is the same. Use this recipe as a base to come up with a family recipe that you’ll want to make over and over! Give this one a chance to simmer down, then add more sugar or salt if you’d like. You can also add a bit of cumin, pepper, or any other spices. I like mine with just a bit of salt and sugar to allow most of the flavor to come from the veggies and tomatoes.
How to Can Salsa
I filled a large stockpot with all of my veggies. Tomatoes (red and yellow), bell peppers, jalapenos, onions, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. I let it simmer until it started to break down into a desired thickness.
Then I ladled it into hot canning jars (that had just been washed) and added the lids and rings. I ran them through a quick 35 minute process in my water bath canner. If you haven’t canned before, a water bath canner is the way to go. You can can most fruits and jams/jellies this way. It is just a huge stock pot; large enough for quart sized jars to fit inside.
Once the timer went off, I pulled the jars out and carefully moved them to the counter on top of a dish towel to cool. You’ll know they are sealed when the lids make a popping sound and there isn’t any give when pushing the lid down in the center.
How To Can Salsa
- 5-6 pint sized jars
- water bath canner
- jar tongs
- 5 pounds of tomatoes diced
- 2 c. bell peppers diced
- 4 jalapeño chilies seeded, diced
- 2 c. onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 T. sugar
- Prepare canning lids by sterilizing them in boiling water.
- Clean jars.
- Place all ingredients in a large stock pot.
- Simmer 20 minutes. (Remember, it will continue to cook in the water bath canner)
- Give your salsa a quick taste and extra sugar or salt, if necessary.
- Ladle salsa into canning jars, leaving about 1/2" space at the top.
- Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp towel to clean, if necessary. Screw on lids, being careful to not screw them on too tight.
- Process salsa in a water bath canner for 30 minutes.
- Remove jars and place on a towel on the counter.
- Listen for the jar lids to "pop". This means that they have sealed. Any jars that don't seal can be reprocessed for another 15 minutes or placed in the refrigerator to be eaten.
Have you canned any of your summer bounty this year?
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