Some things to know:
Yep, I just repeated myself 3 times. :) It is that important. You must process this in a pressure canner. Do NOT try to do this in a water bath canner.
Go here for a recipe for spaghetti sauce with no meat. The basic recipe is the same, but processing times are different.
This recipe makes approximately 9 pints. For my family, I will double this and do quarts.
Gather your canning supplies:
Gather your ingredients:
The first thing you need to do when home canning spaghetti sauce is to prepare your tomato sauce.
Click here to go to a page that explains how to make and can tomato sauce.
Make a tomato sauce like the directions, but don't process it! Come back here to add your meat, vegetables and spices to complete your spaghetti sauce.
If you want thicker sauce, simmer your tomatoes uncovered in a large saucepan, until thick enough for serving. This might a take 20 minutes to a couple hours. Stir frequently to avoid burning. The amount of sauce may be reduced by nearly one-half.
TIP: Optionally, you can just process your sauce as it is now. Skip the cook down time and add your vegetables and other ingredients. Put it in jars and process in a pressure canner.
This will simply give you a thinner sauce. Add a can of tomato paste to thicken the sauce when you prepare your meal. I have done this when I did not want to spend the time to cook down. But it is much nicer if you cook it down now.
Chop the vegetables and brown your meat while you simmer the tomatoes.
Add chopped onion and chopped bell pepper (or celery) and minced garlic to browned meat. Cook until veggies are tender.
Add meat and vegetables to sauce. Stir in salt, spices and sugar.
Heat all this to a simmer. It does not need to be fully cooked, but it should be hot going in the jars.
Fill hot jars with your hot spaghetti sauce. Leave a 1-inch headspace. Take out the bay leaves at this point. You don't want them going in one jar. The flavor for that jar would be very strong!
Remember to wipe your rims clean before you place on your canning lids. If food is left on the rim of the jar, it may interfere with the seal. Add on your screw bands finger tight (snug, but not cranked down)!
And remember, spaghetti sauce has vegetables in it, so it MUST be pressure canned. (There. I said it again.)
For more specific details on how to use your pressure canner, follow these pressure canning instructions. Then process your jars.
Hot pack pints - process for 60 minutes.
Hot pack quarts - process for 70 minutes.
Canning spaghetti sauce with this recipe is a great way to have a stock of sauce ready for a quick meal.
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