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    • Isis Loran says

      No, when canning in a water bath canner you need these for preserving. You might be able to find a recipe for pressure canning which omits these. 🙂

  1. alison says

    This recipe was easy to follow and looks great but right out of the pot it is a bit vinegary, will this go away after being canned?

    • Isis Loran says

      Hi Alison,

      I’m sorry that yours tasted vinegary, I didn’t find that to be the case. What type of vinegar are you using?
      In general vinegar taste can definitely be diminished with a longer cooking time. Please let me know how yours tasted after canning and re-opening 🙂

      • alison says

        Thanks for the reply. I used organic apple cider vinegar. I haven’t opened a jar yet, but will let you know when I do.

    • Rhonda says

      I made it last year. I ended up throwing it all out. I had several people taste it and everyone agreed that the taste of apple cider vinegar was overwhelming. I followed the recipe as written and used Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar.

      I need to find a recipe without it.

      • Isis Loran says

        Hi Rhonda

        I added a second recipe to this post that doesn’t have as much vinegar. The first one is from a home canning book and some people are fine with the vinegar taste, it’s a preference thing. Sorry you had to throw out the batch, that’s never a good thing.

  2. Victoria says

    Unfortunately, mine was quite vinegary as well. I’m hoping it tastes better afterwards, because this recipe was quite a bit of work. 🙁

    • Isis Loran says

      We just made our second batch & I agree, a little vinegary but we like it. This recipe is supposed to mimic ‘fresh salsa’ versus that more heavy tomato tasting ones from the store. It’s tricky canning tomatoes in a water bath canner as it needs the acidity for safety; I’m looking into other recipes too that use citric acid to it’s safe to water bath can.

  3. Maggie says

    Can lemon juice be used instead of vinegar? I’ve read the pH is higher and can be safely substituted. What are your thoughts?

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