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How to Can Corn Salsa

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I have to admit that I have never had corn salsa before. I love homemade salsas, however, so I decided to give it a try. What's great about this recipe is that although you need a pressure canner to can corn, you don't have to pressure can corn salsa. The lime juice and tomatoes in the recipe raise the acid level enough that pressure canning is not required. This recipe makes about 2 pints or 4 half-pints of salsa.

Note that this recipe does not HAVE to be canned. You can prepare the recipe and store it in the refrigerator without canning. The salsa will store in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.


4 large ears of fresh corn
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green or red pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 jalepeno pepper, chopped
1/2 c. lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. pepper

If you have never cut the kernels off of an ear of corn before, don't worry, it's really easy. First remove the husks from the corn. Use a vegetable brush to scrub the ears of corn to remove any remaining corn silk. Rinse the ears of corn.

corn salsa

Using a sharp knife, hold an ear of corn at an angle and slide the knife down the length of the corn cob, cutting off the kernels of corn into a bowl. Press firmly, but do not press so hard that you cut into the corn cob. You just want the corn kernels.

After you have scraped the corn cobs, measure 2 cups of corn kernels. In a large sauce pan, combine the 2 c. corn kernels, onion, bell pepper, tomato, jalepeno pepper, lime juice, salt, cumin, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.

Ladle the hot salsa mixture into sterilized pint sized canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp towel, and place the sterilized lids and rings on the jars.

Boil the jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes. Remove the jars from the boiling water canner and let cool on a towel on the kitchen counter. Make sure jars have sealed before putting into storage. These jars can be stored for at least 1 year.

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