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5 Tips on Canning Salsa

Enjoy the taste of fresh local produce from your garden or farmer’s market all year long by canning your own salsa.

1. Ingredients matter.  Choose fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes with no soft spots or blemishes. Meaty tomatoes like Roma and Paste have less water content and seeds and are perfect for canned salsa. Try different combinations of tomatoes to find your favorite flavor profile. The best-tasting tomatoes make the best tasting salsa!

Close up of roma tomatoes

2. Use a recipe meant for canning.  Recipes that are tested and approved for canning will ensure your salsa is shelf stable. It’s important to keep the right balance of acid ingredients (tomatoes, vinegar, lemon juice) and low acid ingredients (garlic, peppers, onions). Taste test smaller batches of different recipes to find one you like. Check out this Genius Kitchen Salsa Recipe.

Red pepper plant

3. Turn up the heat… or not.  To adjust the heat level in your salsa, use different types of peppers. The total amount of peppers must stay the same, but add more or less spicy peppers or mild peppers to find the perfect combination. (Be sure to wear gloves when handling hot peppers.)

4. Follow the directions.  Pay exact attention to canning directions and processing times. The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning is a helpful resource for canning-related questions.

Salsa in a jar

5. Take a siesta, you’re ready for a fiesta! Open your pantry often and admire your hard work. Now for the tough part, making the salsa last until next season’s tomato harvest.

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About the Author:

Angela Judd

Angela Judd is an avid home vegetable, flower and fruit tree gardener. She is a certified Master Gardener and regular contributor to Master Gardener publications. A mother of five children, she enjoys growing food for her family. Angela shares pictures, tips and gardening advice on Instagram and on Facebook.



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  1. Thank you so much, very informative. I had some tomatoes home grown that I need to use. We love homemade salsa so i think i will give it a try. Our salsa usually is green and i dont uses vinegar but i guess thats in there for the canning right as well as the paste and salt etc. ?

  2. I’m glad that you mention how it’s important to follow the proper directions and processing times. If you do a lot of canning, it would probably be best to purchase a quality canning machine, such as an angelus seamer, to make the process faster and ensure it’s done correctly. Ensuring that everything is properly sealed could help you keep your salsa or any other type of canned goods safe so that they’ll last a long time.

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