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ReCanning store bought tomato sauce/tomato paste
April 13, 2011
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I have a recipe that calls for canned tomato sauce/paste. I wondered if I could mix up the pizza sauce and can it in 1/2 pint jars...I assume I would use the canning times for pizza sauce/spaghetti sauce, but I wondered if I could do this?  Can you recan grocery store items like this?

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April 13, 2011
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Well, the USDA/NCHFP basically say no.

Interestingly, Ball and Mrs. Wages, among others, sell spice mixes to make pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, etc. The directions FIRST tell you how to make and can those with fresh tomatoes. THEN tells you how to make and can those with commercially canned  tomato products.

Hmmmmmm confused

I smell a contradiction LOL.

So, yes, you can do this - BUT be sure that your recipe fits the process you are using - BWB usually for meatless pizza sauce. Ask if you need help figuring it out.

 

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April 13, 2011
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Thank you - that's why I asked - I found some places that said don't do it and others that made it sound okay. I will go back and double check the processing for meatless sauce and if I run into questions - I'll be sure to stop back and ask.

 

Thanks again.

 

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April 13, 2011
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If your sauce is pretty much tomato sauce w/herbs and seasonings, maybe a tiny bit of oil and a very small amount of onion and garlic, you can use the seasoned tomato sauce recipe times in the Ball Blue Book (aka BBB). If it's heavier w/veggies other than tomato, you may need to pressure can it. Holler if you need help, for sure!

 

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May 16, 2011
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I re-can large commercial packs all the time.  I go to Cash & Carry (restaurant supplier) and purchase large cans of tomatoes and tomato sauce & paste.  I just use the typical method and can the items in more convenient sizes like pint and half pint jars.

I've also done this with mustard, Nally chili, and peaches.

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August 16, 2013
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I was wondering if you still need to add salt and lemon juice as a preserve for canning store bought sauces? Or any other ideas to use to preserve other than lemon juice and salt?

Thank you,

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August 17, 2013
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I would not add any salt, but that is a personal preference.  We do not like the taste of it, and it is not necessary in canning generally.  I would add some lemon juice when home canning from a store bought can of tomato products just to be extra safe.  If you would rather not, you could always pressure can it instead of using a water bath canner.

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Thank you! I don't know if I would add the extra salt either. I add all the spices in already and extra salt would make it too much since I would be adding cheese when I heat it for a meal. I don't have a pressure canner either. I can be old fashioned (and cheap) when it comes to those things. Thanks again!

Nancy

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