Harvesting fresh tomatoes is one reason why many people start gardening.
Preserving the taste of summer is the next best thing to eating fresh, and canning garden tomato salsa and enjoying it during the winter months is a true delight!
Here’s a recipe for canning fresh tomato salsa from a wonderful book called ‘Food in Jars’*.
Marissa McClellan (who also has a great blog) has since come out with two more great preserving books that I’ve been wanting to pick up: Naturally Sweet Food in Jars*: 100 Preserves Made with Coconut, Maple, Honey, and More’ which is home canning without using sugar and ‘Preserving by the Pint’.* *Amazon affiliate links
Recipe for Canning Basic Tomato Salsa
- 6 cups chopped tomatoes (approximately 3 pounds tomatoes). Paste/Roma tomatoes work great for canning as there’s less seed & juice ( I like San Marzano, Amish Paste, Black Icicle). You can also play around with all sorts of heirloom tomatoes just remember some have higher water content and might need to be boiled down further.
- 2 cups chopped yellow onion (approximately 2 medium onions)
- 1 cup chopped sweet red peppers (1 large peppers)
- 1 3/4 cups cider vinegar (5% acidity)
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 jalapenos, minced (you can experiement with other hot peppers too!)
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
Before you start canning make sure you know your canning safety basics. Learn lots from Simply Canning about home canning safety.
- Prepare a boiling water bath and 4 regular-mouth pint jars. Place lids in a small saucepan, cover them with water, and simmer over very low heat. Prepare jars and lids according to manufactures instructions.
- Combine all ingredients except the cilantro in a large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. When that time has elapsed, stir in the chopped cilantro.
- Ladle hot salsa into prepared jars, leaving a 1/2 inch of headspace. Prepare the lids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Wipe the rims, apply lids and rings and process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.