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grammachris
Good for you! Water bath is perfect for jams and pickles due to their high sugar content and/or acidity, though I have pressure canned berry jams and apple butter on a couple of occasions. A tomato based or other salsa containing adequate acid (usually vinegar) may also be water bath canned. Same for a simple tomato sauce made with tomatoes, salt, herbs, and a little added acid to be on the safe side (lemon juice, vinegar or citric acid) - a water bath is fine.

More than you wanted to know department: We eat a lot of pasta! I previously used a water bath canner for homemade marinara sauce (lots of onions garlic, herbs, etc.) until a few years ago when I purchased a large pressure cooker (10qt) that doubles as a small canner (up to four one quart jars). I no longer worry whether the tomatoes are high enough in acid or if I've included too many veggies. This might be a good solution if you decide to preserve small amounts of foods that need to be pressure canned. My model is high quality, easy to use and SAFE, and also works great as a regular pressure cooker for medium to large amounts of just about everything. There are cheaper alternatives available but I was very happy with my all-purpose Fagor: ://www.amazon.com/Fagor-Splendid-10-Quart-Pressure-Cooker/dp/B00008UA5V.

Best advice: Buy a good book or borrow one from the library, and visit the Ball canning jars folks and other reputable sources online.
http://www.freshpreserving.com/

Attached is a picture of some of he pasta sauce made from last years tomatoes. I moved from Santa Cruz, CA to Massachusetts last fall and have only planted herbs in my new garden so far. Hope this has been some small help. Have fun.

Chris

   
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redecoratingtropicalcalm
Thank you Chris this has been very helpful and thanks for the links. I can't wait to cracked open a jar of home made sauce in January :)
   
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redecoratingtropicalcalm
Chris I hope you're there and get this before I'm done because I might have messed up my sauce. I didn't read the directions well and I put the citric acid in my tomato sauce like a spice. Then I was further reading and learned I was to put it in each jar....YIKES!!! Will it act the same and do the job of keeping my sauce from spoiling or should I add more - I don't want to make it too acidity now but I don't want to have it go bad. I don't know what to do now - please see this - thank you - Steph
   

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