Over the weekend I shared some pictures on instagram, showing how I was making homemade salsa and canning it. Canning is something I learned to do a few years ago from my mother-in-law. Salsa is the first thing we did and it has become a pantry staple that I can each year for my family. I wait till I can get my tomatoes at a rock bottom price. This year I scored 20 pounds of tomatoes for $13.50. That means that each pound of tomatoes was only 68 cents. Can we say SCORE! I ordered one box from Bountiful Baskets and on Saturday I got all my supplies together.
To learn the basics of canning, I always use the Blue Book Guide to Preserving. I found it one year at Wal-Mart on clearance. It tells you how to can everything. Literally! I love it!
One 20 lb case of tomatoes bought via Bountiful Baskets - $13.50
2 boxes of regular mouth lids- $3.16
3 packages of salsa seasoning mix- $7.74
Total Cost = $24.40
Each jar cost me $1.22
I already had mason jars
I love seeing the breakdown of my efforts. It shows that not only am I making something healthy for my family, but we are saving ourselves tons of money while we do it. Canning salsa is probably one of the easiest things to can. It takes very few steps and homemade is always so much yummier than store bought. I say it's the secret ingredient of love. What do you think?
*Above, I have pictured Maple Syrup which I canned as well. I will share the how to in another post:)