Impress your friends with my Easy Tomato Bruschetta in a Jar Recipe. The fresh taste of ripe tomatoes mixed with garlic, oregano, and basil couples perfectly with the tang of balsamic vinegar to pack a lot of flavor in each jar. And when you put up a batch for your pantry (via home canning) you’ll always have the taste of fresh picked tomatoes no matter what time of year!
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What is Bruschetta?
Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer of grilled or toasted bread, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil then topped with vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. Most popularly you will find bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and herbs, like this Easy Tomato Bruschetta in a Jar Recipe.
What Bread is Bruschetta made from??
Traditionally (putting all food allergies or dietary restrictions aside) you’ll want a high quality French or Italian bread sliced roughly 3/4 to 1 inch thick. If you are gluten-free or grain-free you can still enjoy bruschetta, I suggest making my Grain Free French Breador using my World’s Best Gluten Free Bread Dough. And if you are Keto or Low-Carb you can try my Easy Keto Bread.
How do you make Bruschetta with tomatoes?
While I admit, tomato basil Bruschetta made fresh when tomatoes are at their ripest is ideal, making Tomato Bruschetta in a Jar the best way to get all those delicious fresh tomato Bruschetta flavors any time of the year when you preserve it via home canning.
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To get started making your Tomato Bruschetta in a Jar find fresh, the best tomatoes for bruschetta are Roma tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are less juicy than a traditional round tomato, have less seeds and more tomato meat.
NOTE: While many canned tomato bruschetta recipes contain white wine, this one does not, so it’s healthy for everyone in the family.
Step 1: Core and dice 4 pounds of Roma tomatoes into little cubes. If you are curious of how to chop tomatoes for bruschetta, to be the prefect little cubes like in my photo THIS is my secret kitchen tool for the jobTHIS is my secret kitchen tool for the job.
Step 2: Pack the cubed tomatoes into clean jars. (wash jars in soapy water and sterilize in a water bath).
Step 3: Ladle hot vinegar mixture into jars. (to keep the mess to a minimum place your jars on a baking sheet!)
Step 4: Don’t forget to use your Ball Bubble Remover/headspace tool to make sure your jars aren’t over filled and to remove air bubbles. Leaving roughly a 1/2 inch headspace.
Step 5: Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
Step 6: In a large stainless steel saucepan, bring water to a boil and then process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude (I prefer to reduce heat, cover to maintain a rolling simmer).
Remove from heat, remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
How do you use Bruschetta in a Jar?
Now that you have a batch of Bruschetta in a Jar, the easiest way to enjoy it is traditionally on toasted bread with olive oil. I also like to add a drizzle balsamic vinegar, grated cheese and fresh basil!
The brine from the jar also makes a delicious vinegar to be used in making salad dressings too! I also love spooning the Bruschetta in a Jar on top of grilled chicken with melted mozzarella cheese!
Is Bruschetta served Hot or Cold?
Which is the best way to serve this best fresh tomato Bruschetta recipe depends on the person. For me it’s neither. I prefer mine served warm. Still warmly toasted bread with room temperature bruschetta toppings.
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Easy Tomato Bruschetta in a Jar
- Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
- Combine garlic, wine, wine vinegar, water, sugar, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes or until garlic is heated through. Remove from heat.
- Pack tomatoes into hot jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Ladle hot vinegar mixture over tomatoes leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
- Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.