Canning Spaghetti Sauce with Meat

Dennis Asks:

So I have a problem. and the pressure canning process turned the meatballs to jelly it overcooked them so much. I don’t need to cook this sauce in the jar, I want to preserve it so I can share it with friends and they can enjoy my sauce when they want to and not within a few days when jarred and not preserved. Does this have to process 60 whole minutes? It’s ruining my sauce.

Dennis, unfortunately it does need to process for the full amount of time. You might try adding the meat to the sauce  just before processing… this way they won’t cook so long with the sauce and then again while being preserved. I don’t know how it will affect the taste of either your sauce or meatballs. But for safety it really must be preserved with proper procedures.

Hope that helps.

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  1. I really messed up! I haven’t used a pressure canner since 1972…just B.W.Bath canner/
    . I drug out the old P. canner, put my meat in jars, and COVERED the jars with water! I did everything else right, as far as time and pressure, but I don’t know now if it was safely canned! Any idea? Thanks!

  2. I have a question about canning sauce in general. I’m new to this…I made spaghetti sauce from store-bought canned tomatoes, but would like to can the final product. How do I go about doing this? I don’t have a pressure canner…HELP!

  3. linda brecht says:

    Could I can dry beans without soaking them overnight.? Just fill jars about half or two-thirds full, then add hot water and process..I have seen 10 pounds for pints and quarts..but varying times from 60 minutes for pints to 75.Would like to know the time and pressure for each size jar, also does this apply for all types of beans..Iam mostly interested in Navy, Northern, and Pinto for chili beans…Thank You ..Love this site…

  4. You can always cook the sauce without meat andor cook your meatballs separately and freeze them 😉