Saturday, July 12, 2014

Home Made: Spaghetti Sauce Canning

It is time for me to can my Home Made Spaghetti Sauce.  This sauce filled 10 pint jars.  I use the wide mouth jars simply for personal preference reasons only.  I started by reheating my sauce, and putting on a large pot of water to boil.

I will be water bath canning.  I have an older Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that has directions on this method as well as a chart detailing instructions for various fruits and vegetables.  Canning is dangerous, and not all fruits and vegetables can be canned with this method.  PLEASE; YOU MUST RESEARCH before you start, if you are new to this.  I have been canning for 20 years and I still research before I start.

After the pot of water has come to a full rolling boil, I sanitize my jars, lids, and rings. I place them in the boiling water and let them boil for 5 minutes. I use a pair of tongs with silicone ends to remove them from the boiling water.

Next I fill my jars with the sauce, leaving approximately 1/2 inch from the top, or right at the threads of the jar.  I thoroughly clean the rims with a clean wet paper towel, and then again with a dry paper towel.  This will ensure there is no residue on the rim which may prevent the lid from sealing properly.  I then place the lid on and secure it with the ring. Don't crank the rim down to tight, I turn it until it is just tight.

Four jars fit in my pot, and it is important that the jars be fully submerged in the water.  The water must be fully boiling for the duration of the process time.  Sometimes I get water loss and add small amounts of water, enough to keep my jars submerged but not lose my boil.  I processed my tomato sauce for 40 minutes.
Et Voila!  Canned Home Made Tomato Sauce.   This will last my family probably 2 months, and the savings was phenominal.  There is an investment to get started canning.  I think Walmart sells these jars for around $10, and there are a ton of canning gadgets you can buy like funnels, and tongs.  I just used my silicone tongs and and my Ove Glove.

Please Note:  The jars stay hot for a few hours after they are removed be wary of curious husbands and kids...

This is how I can, I hope you enjoyed it.  I will bring you more Home Made projects in the future, stay tuned.



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