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Making & Canning Hot Chili Pepper Sauce

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You may substitute the Habanero chili pepper with a Red Savina pepper (hotter than Habanero) or Guntur pepper, Scotch Bonnet pepper, Datil pepper, Rocoto pepper, Piri Piri pepper or Madame Jeanette pepper. It is important that ingredients be carefully measured and that this hot chili pepper sauce be made as described to be processed safely in a water bath canner.


1 Pint

6 Pints

8 Pints 10 Pints 12 Pints
Fresh Tomatoes

3/4 lb.

4-1/2 lbs.

6 lbs.

7-1/2 lbs.

9 lbs.

Habanero Chili Pepper 1/3 lb. 2 lbs. 2-2/3 lbs. 3-1/3 lbs. 4 lbs.
Onion 1/6 lb. 1 lb. 1-1/3 lbs. 1-2/3 lbs. 2 lbs.
5% Vinegar 1/6 cup 1 cup 1-1/3 cups 1-2/3 cups 2 cups
Salt 1/2 tsp. 1 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. 2 Tbsp.
Pepper 1/4 tsp. 1-1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2-1/2 tsp. 1 Tbsp.

    Yields will vary based on the water content of the tomatoes.

    Before beginning, wash tomatoes, cut away stems and discolored portion of tomatoes.

    1. Blanch, peel and deseed the tomatoes.
    2. Chop tomatoes, peppers and onions.
    3. Place all ingredients in a pan, bring to boil.
    4. Sauté about 10 minutes, stirring often.
    5. You may blend this hot chili pepper sauce before canning, but return it to the sauce pan and return to a simmer after blending.

    For canning homemade hot chili pepper sauce in pint jars, use the following technique:

    1. Canning using hot pack method with 1/2" of headspace
    2. Processing with a Water Bath for 15 minutes for pint jars, at 212 degrees.
    3. For elevations above 1,000 foot level see Altitude Time Adjustments.
    4. After processing, place the jars on a towel, separated by 1" to cool.
    5. Labeling and Storing

    Equipment Needed:

    After opening, you may decant into a bottle and refrigerate.

    *This recipe is adapted from the United States Department of Agriculture's Complete Guide to Home Canning.

    Video and instructions for canning tomatoes at home, making and canning homemade tomato sauces and homemade salsa canning recipes.

    Video 3: Home Canning Tomatoes, Home Canning Tomato Sauce,Home Canning Whole Tomatoes, Home Canning Crushed Tomatoes, Home Canning Salsa

    This third video will teach you how to use a waterbath canner for home canning tomatoes in several ways; home canning whole tomatoes, home canning diced tomatoes, home canning tomato sauces and home canning salsa.

    Peel, quarter and remove the seeds.Combine water, spices, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch in a large, heavy pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring continuously to avoid lumping of cornstarch.Add fruit and bring up to simmer, cooking for about five minutes, stirring continuously.
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