Pizza Sauce Recipe & Summer Pizza Alternatives

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I love having my homemade pizza sauce on hand. homemade pizza sauce canning recipe

The weather lately has been HOT! I really don't feel like cooking. Making "pizza" doesn't always mean I have to heat up the oven. Here are some options to keep your kitchen cool:

~toasted cheese sandwiches with mozzarella and a little garlic salt- dip it in the sauce ~pizza quesadillas ~pizza mountain pies over a campfire ~english muffin pizzas ~pizza lunchables ~grilled pizza

Grilled pizza- don't heat up the kitchen in the summer!

Keeping sauce and cheese on hand makes these some of my quicker meal options, too.

Eating the sauce from fresh tomatoes with fresh herbs in the summer is so much better, but I also can it for later use. For our household, I like to can about 20 pints of pizza sauce. I usually make it when the tomato harvest is fading at the end of the season and my batches of sauce are smaller. I do a mixture of pints and half-pints.

Fresh or canned pizza sauce

If you want step by step pics of how I make my pizza sauce (for a small batch) click HERE. Since my photography skills and equipment are a little better I thought I would repost the recipe.

Pizza Sauce

8 oz. tomato sauce 1 tsp .oregano ½ tsp. marjoram ½ tsp. basil ½ tsp. garlic salt 1 Tbsp. sugar (I usually add this when I open the jar to use it instead of before canning)

Combine all ingredients and let sit for a half hour to marry the flavors. Alternatively, make a larger batch of pizza sauce using this ratio, place in clean, hot jars topped with lids and bands, and process in a water bath for 30 minutes.

If you would like to pin it for later...

Homemade pizza sauce recipe for canning

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Jelly of the Month Club Christmas Gift Idea

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My family likes to do some homemade gifts and food is usually a good option because then the guys are happy, too. This year, for a few people, I decided to up my game a bit and do a "Jelly of the Month Club" with 12 assorted jams and jellies.

The ideal game plan was to do them throughout the year and eliminate stress in December. Well, I did half of them and then life happened. Things got busy and jam making was lower on my priorities list. I threw the last 6 together at the last minute, but WOW did my house smell good!  They are just the 4oz. jars, because that way, if they didn't like it, there was only a little. I hope that doesn't happen, though.

I love the assortment of colors and textures!I printed out little certificates, tied baker's twine around them, and printed out labels (from HERE).

Here is what I made (recipes linked as available):

Sour Cherry Jam
Gingerbread Jelly
Blackberry Jam
Blueberry Preserves
Orange Marmalade- I didn't really follow this- I zested the peels and didn't leave many of the thicker edges in. I hear they are good for you, but I just didn't want to do it.
Strawberry Lemon Marmalade
Cranberry Orange Pear Jam
Apple Butter
Caramel Spice Pear Butter
Apple Pie Jam
Carrot Cake Jam
Christmas Jam

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I think I might try this again next year. It was fun to try out some new recipes and, after all, it is the gift that keeps on giving... the whole year! ;)

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