Processing times for salsa?

jennieboyer(8)June 21, 2013

Hi - I made some salsa today from Ball salsa mix - only requires tomatoes, vinegar, and the sauce. The processing time for pints is 35 minutes. Why is it so high compared to something like Annie's salsa?

I checked my Mrs. Wages mix, and it requires 40 minutes! Both of them are BWB times. I did it for the time it said, but am curious about why so much time is required!



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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You really can't compare processing times from different recipes. Just as you can't generalize, use the processing time required for one recipe and apply it to other recipes. Doing so can be quite dangerous in canning.

Different amounts of low acid ingredients plus different amounts of vinegar etc. all mean different pH and different density. The lower the pH, more low acid the ingredients or the greater the density, the longer the processing time required.


    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 12:21PM
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After canning for decades, I found that if there is 2 times just a few minutes apart, I'll error on the longer side. Better to be safe than sorry.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 2:15PM
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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

Is this a hot or raw pack?
Annie's is hot when you put in in the jar.
I haven't used the mixes, but if they are raw (cold), they would need extra time to heat to the middle of the jar appropriately.


    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:07PM
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