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How do you thicken salsa before canning?

Last post Sep 04, 2008 6:41 AM by TripletAuntOH . 6 replies.


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  • How do you thicken salsa before canning?

    Hi, I am making salsa to can tonight and I am afraid it will be thinner than I want it to be. Someone told me you can use tomato paste to thicken it and I think you can also use clear gel (similar to cornstarch. ) Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    ~Cindy

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  • Re: How do you thicken salsa before canning?

    My recipe uses tomato paste and I simmer it until thick.

     

    HELEN'S SALSA

    6 oz.  tomato paste

    9 c.    tomato chunks with skins

    12      hot peppers (6 if large), chopped

    3        onions, diced

    3        garlic cloves, minced

    3        green peppers, diced

    1T      salt

    4 ½ T vinegar

    3T     cooking oil   

    1t       basil dried      or 1T fresh

    1t       parsley, dried or 1T fresh

    1t       cilantro, dried or 1 T fresh

    Adjust salt and spices to taste.

    Mix. Simmer 1 to 1 ½ hours until of proper consistency.  Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.  Can. Water bath 20 minutes.

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  • Re: How do you thicken salsa before canning?

    Yes sometimes I add some tapioca for the last 10 minutes of cooking to help thicken it up a bit.  You won't notice it (that it is thicker) until it cools though.

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  • Re: How do you thicken salsa before canning?

     

    My recipes calls for like 20 pounds of tomatoes and to that I add 3 regular sized cans of tomato paste (or 6 of those teeny cans of tomato paste).  That seems to work well and it tastes so good!

     

    I water bath mine for 30 minutes.

     

    Jeanna

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  • Re: How do you thicken salsa before canning?

    Could you just boil it some to reduce and thicken?  thats what I do with my homemade spaghetti sauce.

     

    Just a thought

    Kathleen

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  • Re: How do you thicken salsa before canning?

    I do like rosiepie and just let it simmer to reduce.

     

    deb

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  • Re: How do you thicken salsa before canning?

    Last night I chopped up the tomatoes an put that and the peppers and spices etc. in a canner. I had to leave so couldn't finish it. So tonight I will go home and thicken it and can. I think I will simmer it for a while then use some clear gel and tomato paste. Thank you!!!  

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