I just finished canning 7 half-pint jars of my Homemade Pizza Sauce.
I’ve got a great homemade pizza sauce that everyone loves, and I decided a huge quadruple batch would be the perfect way to use my new Ball Canning Discovery Kit. I got 7 smaller jars of pizza sauce with this quadruple batch and the half pint jars are just the perfect amount for two pizzas.
This is what the canning kit looks like:
The canning kit comes with a polypropylene rack and a fitted lifter, 3 1-pint jars and a recipe/instruction booklet. The lifter works in standard size stockpot. The Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit runs between $10 and $12 at Wal-mart and on Amazon.com.
Check out how easy it is to can your own pizza sauce:
While the pizza sauce was simmering (recipe found at the bottom of the post), I boiled the canning jars and lids to sterilize them. Once the sauce was ready, I used a funnel to fill the jars and then ran a rubber spatula around the inside of the jar to get out any air bubbles.
I carefully wiped down the edges of the jars since any food left on the rim might interfere with the lids sealing correctly. I tightened the lids, submersed the jars into boiling water using the canning rack and boiled them for twenty minutes.
After the twenty minutes were up. I left the jars in the water for another five minutes and then lifted the canning rack out of the pot using the attached handle.
After 12 to 24 hours, you can remove the lid band and check the seal on the inner lid. If it sticks, congratulations, you just canned!
Now add a pretty label and show off your not-so-hard work!
- 1 14 1/2 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1/8 cup of water
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 1/2 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of dried basil
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
*if you are using fresh tomatoes, you will need to add 4 tbsp of bottled lemon juice for acidity
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan or skillet and saute on medium until sauce begins to bubble. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
*Note: If you find your sauce is not thick enough, simmer a bit longer.