Homemade Salsa-Canning Recipe

Canning SalsaHomemade Salsa, fresh from the garden!

Want to know how to make great salsa?  This is my favorite salsa recipe.  It’s easy to make and can be eaten hot or cold.

We grow most of the ingredients in our vegetable garden.  Every summer, we can some to enjoy throughout the rest of year and give away as gifts. 

Tools you will need for making and canning Homemade Salsa

Paring and chopping knife

Sauce pan of boiling water for scalding

Medium bowl of ice water

Kettle

Ladle

Air bubble remover/headspace tool or spatula

Prepared canning jars and two-piece lids

Clean, damp cloth

Water bath canner with metal rack

Jar lifter

Cooling rack or dry towel

Salsa Ingredients

Ingredients for Homemade Salsa

12 cups tomatoes, peeled and diced

1/3 cup jalapeños

2 cups green bell pepper,diced

3-4 cups onions, chopped

1/2 cup pure cane sugar

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon salt

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 large can (12 ounces) tomato paste

Instructions for Homemade Salsa

Mix all together in a 6 1/2 quart dutch oven or stock pot, bring to a boil.  Simmer for 30 minutes.

At this point you can allow it to cool a little or completely (or refrigerate) and eat it warm or cold with tortilla chips, or you could can it for later use.

Canning Homemade Salsa

Ladle hot salsa into prepared canning jars to 1/2  inch of the rim of the jar. Use an air bubble remover/head space tool or non-metallic spatula slid down into the sides of the jar to remove air bubbles. Re-fill the jar to 1/2 inch head space, if needed. 

Wipe the rim of your jar with a clean, damp cloth. Food particles caught between the rim of the jar and the lid can cause your jars not to seal. Place your lids onto your jars, making sure the rubber seal meets the jar rim. Screw on the metal band firmly (fingertip tight).

Note: Screwing them on too tight may cause them to not seal or to buckle.

Use a jar lifter to place your salsa in to your water bath canner. Place the lid on the canner. Bring water to a boil. Process in a boiling water bath pints- 15 minutes (time for 1,000 feet above sea level).  

When the time is complete turn off the heat, remove the canner lid, and allow to cool for five minutes. Remove your salsa from the canner using the jar lifter and place them on a cooling rack or dry kitchen towel two inches apart. Some of the bands may seem loose at this point, do not re-tighten them.    

 After 12 hours, check to see if the jars have sealed, the center of the lid should be concaved and not able to flex. Remove the metal bands/rings and carefully try to pull the lid off with your finger tips to check the seal again. Place any unsealed jars in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible or reprocess starting over with new jars and lids.

 Allow sealed jars to cool for 24 hours. Wash the jars and label them with contents and date. Store canned salsa in a cool, dry place away from light.  

Easy way to peel tomatoes:

Place tomatoes in boiling (low boil) water.  Allow to boil 1 minute.  Remove with a slotted spoon and immerse in cold water, cut out core, peel.  The peel will come off very easily.

Quick  tip:

When handling jalapeño peppers, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.  For less spicy salsa, seed the jalapeños before chopping or use less.

Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa
Want to know how to make salsa? This is my favorite salsa recipe. It's easy to make and can be eaten hot or cold. We grow most of the ingredients in our vegetable garden. Every summer, we can some to enjoy throughout the rest of year.
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Ingredients
  1. Ingredients for Homemade Salsa
  2. 12 cups tomatoes, peeled and diced
  3. 1/3 cup jalapeños
  4. 2 cups green bell pepper,diced
  5. 3-4 cups onions, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
  7. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 5 garlic cloves, minced
  10. 1 large can (12 ounces) tomato paste
Instructions
  1. Instructions for Homemade Salsa
  2. Mix all together in a 6 1/2 quart dutch oven or stock pot, bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. At this point you can allow it to cool a little or completely (or refrigerate) and eat it warm or cold with tortilla chips, or you could can it for later use.
Canning Homemade Salsa
  1. While the salsa is still hot, ladle into clean, hot pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Adjust 2-piece caps. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove from canner to a cooling rack. Allow time to seal, refrigerate jars that do not seal and eat within a few days.
Easy way to peel tomatoes
  1. Place tomatoes in boiling (low boil) water. Allow to boil 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and immerse in cold water, cut out core, peel. The peel will come off very easily.
Quick tip
  1. When handling jalapeño peppers, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. For less spicy salsa, seed the jalapeños before chopping or use less.
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I am Nelle. I grew up in rural, small town, Ohio. When I was young, I learned a lot about homesteading from my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, 4-H, FFA, and others around me.
Now, I’m all grown up, have 6 children of my own, and plan to teach them everything I know.

Here on Mama’s Homestead, we talk and write about homesteading, homeschooling, and kidsteading (homesteading with kids). We teach our kids about survival, self-sufficiency, gardening (vegetable, herb, flower), orchard, beekeeping, home keeping, soap making, harvesting, cooking, food preservation, livestock, nature, crafts, homesteading tools and wares, and more…

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