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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Adventures in Canning: Salsa

A while back, I decided to try my hand at making and canning salsa since the pickles turned out well. 

I chopped five tomatoes, a jalapeno, an onion and two cloves of garlic, then mixed everything with lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.

I then put the salsa in my canning jars, ran a knife around the sides to get air bubbles out, put my sterilized lids and rings on, then let them sit in the water bath for about 15 minutes. Finally, I took them out of the water and let them cool before storing. Here's a tip: don't use a hot pad to grab them out of scalding water! Either dump some of the water out before grabbing the jars with a hot pad or use tongs. You can buy special ones just for canning if you want. 

There's a debate on whether it's better to use a pressure cooker or a water bath. I use a water bath because I really don't have the money to go out and buy a pressure cooker right now. It works just fine but only for jams/jellies/preserves, pickles and other things with vinegar and tomatoes because of the high acidity. If you want to can green beans or other foods with low acidity, I would invest in a pressure cooker. I know it's the thing to hate on her at the moment, but Paula Deen knows her stuff.

That's it for today, have you tried canning? What all have you canned?


  1. Nope, I have never canned anything! :) My Gma & Mom can stuff ALL THE TIME and I used to help can jelly when I was a child but Ive never attempted it myself. It looks like your Salsa turned out great! Hope it tastes as good as it looks :)

  2. I have never canned anything, but I am definitely craving chips and salsa now! It doesn't look as hard as I thought it would.

  3. My mother cans EVVVVVVVERYTHINGGGG. She does the water thing too. I think it looks funny, lol.


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