So you planted a garden this year and the tomatoes are coming out of your ears. maybe your neighbors planted a garden and the tomatoes are coming out of their ears and landing in a cardboard box on the front porch. Either way, you have too many tomatoes to eat. The solution? Turn those tomatoes into spaghetti sauce.
Canning tomatoes for spaghetti sauce is the perfect solution for an abundance of tomatoes. Spaghetti sauce is versatile. It can be used in anything from lasagna to pizza and yes, it can be used on spaghetti.
Making and canning a great spaghetti sauce is a lot easier than you might think. Many of you may have memories of your mother or grandmother slaving away in the kitchen on the hottest day in late summer. The house filled with the hot acidic smell of tomatoes. You will still get that at little, but at least we have air conditioning now, right?
Here are the basics for making spaghetti sauce:
Clean and sterilize your jars – When it comes to canning, cleanliness is next to Godliness. or at least it keeps you out of the hospital for food poisoning. make sure you follow all of the guidelines for cleaning your jars you will be using for storage.
Prepare Your Tomatoes – This is probably the most time-consuming step. Your tomatoes need to be washed and cooked. The skin and the seeds need to be removed. Once that is done, the spices called for in your recipe needed to be added. It is very important to follow a recipe. Adding other vegetables to the mix could be a huge mistake.
Can your sauce Once your sauce is done cooking, pour it into your cleaned and sterilized jars. Make sure to wipe up any excess or anything sauce that may have slopped down the sides of the jar. Take special care to clean the lip of the jar. Any sauce there could affect the way the jar seals. Place your lid on the jar, seal the lid with a ring and place in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes or so. Adjust for elevation if necessary.
You will know the jars are sealed when you hear them “pop” as they cool down. Once they are cool and you are certain they have a good seal, you can put them up in the pantry for future use. Keep the jars out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
I hope this gives you a little idea about what it takes to can spaghetti sauce at home. Like I said before, it really isn’t that difficult if you put your mind to it.