Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Recanning Store bought Tomato Sauce

 
I didn't grow enough tomatoes to can tomato sauce this year so I have had to buy some. I like buying the larger # 10 cans they are a lot cheaper this way. The only problem with this is when you open them you need to be able to use all of it with in a few days. So I can mine into smaller quart and pint jars. It is very easy and doesn't take to long.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pour however many cans you want to do in to a large pan. ( there is about 12 1/4 cups in a can which is a little more then 3 quarts).
Warm over a medium heat until hot be careful it will splatter when it bubbles up.
 
 
 

 
I don't know if you really need to do this but I went ahead and added two tablespoons per quart ( 1 tablespoon per pint) of lemon juice to make sure it had enough acid, since I was going to use the  water bath. I put the lemon juice in the bottom of the sterilized jars and then poured the tomato sauce in. Put the hot lids and rings on then water bath  40 minutes for quarts and 35 for pints (be sure to adjust for your altitude I have to do my quarts for 55 minutes and my pints for 50 minutes) You can also pressure can them for 20 minutes.

 
Now you have doable sized jars of tomato sauce, and they are a lot easier to handle and store then the big cans.



13 comments:

  1. This is a first for me. I never thought about re-canning something. What a great idea to save money by buying the bigger cans and putting them into smaller, usable units. Thanks!

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    1. It is so handy to have it in smaller more manageable containers.
      Connie

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  2. I came by because I'm so excited about publishing my homesteading book that I want to tell the whole world, and I find a really great post. Seems like a lot of folks's tomatoes didn't do well, mine included. What a great idea to buy the big cans and re-can. Thanks for the idea.

    Do come by my blog if you have a chance to help me celebrate my new book. :)

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    1. Leigh,
      Congratulations that is so cool. Know it had to be a lot of work but well worth it. Can't wait to check it out.
      Connie

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  3. I have been buying #10 cans of diced tomatoes for quite awhile. I'm not an experienced canner. Matter of fact I have never canned personly although I watched and helped a lot as a kid. Isnt that as good as doing? Thank you for this post. I have asked serval people about recanning stuff and they look at me like i have suggested killing someone. I currently just transfer my diced tomatoes from the #10 can down to 16oz old peanut butter jars and then put them in the freezer. This works ok except for the thaw time while trying to cook supper. Would do anything differently recanning diced tomatoes?

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    1. kk,
      That’s how I started, I had helped a lot as a kid then a few years ago I thought I needed to start canning to help with the food bill and to start putting back some. So I got my caning book out and looked up what I wanted to do and got started. I have learned a lot over the past few years and have realized there isn’t much you can’t can so I can every thing lol. So give it a try start with water bath and work your way to pressure you will be so glad you did.
      As far as the crushed tomatoes I would do them the same way I did the sauce. Good luck
      Connie

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  4. What a great idea! Will I be able to add onion,garlic. spices and herbs to this without any additional processing? Thanks.

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    1. Yes you can just up your lemon juice to 2 tablespoons or add 2 tablespoons vinegar to each jar. Or add I cup of vinegar for every 2 cans of sauce. I am getting ready to can some spaghetti sauce soon using the tomato sauce.
      Have a great day
      Connie

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    2. Thanks so much for responding so quickly! Would you mind sharing your recipe? I am not new to canning ( now teaching my grandchildren the fine art ) but I've never canned from cans. I am not adding meat so I will be water bathing them. Any suggestions?
      Thanks again,
      Charlotte

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  5. thank you! I buy the big jugs of spaghetti sauce and then add ingredients to it to make it more flavorful. But I want to can it instead of freeze because of space. Now I know that it is doable.

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  6. My husband makes a delicious spaghetti sauce, it includes chicken. Steak, sausage , will the lemon juice change the flavor? I have never tried canning but can't wait to start.

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  7. I forgot to mention no meat is in the sloppy joe.

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  8. If I use pressure canner. Do I need to add anything like lemon juice?

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