Canning Sweet and Sour Sauce

Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce recipe that you can freeze or can.

How to Can Sweet and Sour Sauce


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My family goes through phases with eating certain foods, and lately they are all on an egg roll kick. My husband asked me to buy some sweet and sour sauce to go with the egg rolls, so I decided to look for a recipe and try canning sweet and sour sauce for myself. I found this great recipe and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. It’s now one of my 13 favorite tomato recipes for canning.


This recipe makes about 5 pints of sweet and sour sauce. You can either can it (instructions below), or if you don’t want to can it, place it in freezer containers and freeze it until you are ready to eat it.


New to canning and want to watch me prepare this recipe? Click on the video below to watch me prepare this sweet and sour sauce recipe step by step.


Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe


  • 4 cups tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 cups bell pepper*
  • 1 (20 oz.) cans pineapple chunks (drain, reserve the juice)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or Stevia
  • 1/2 cup Clear Jel


Note: You can use any color of bell pepper you like for this recipe. I used yellow and orange bell peppers, and the sauce turned out to be a beautiful orange color, just like store bought sweet and sour sauce. I think if you used green peppers, the color of the sauce would change.


First chop the tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers. This vegetable chopper does an amazing job of chopping vegetables for you. I couldn’t live without mine!


How to can sweet and sour sauce. Delicious thick sweet and sour sauce.


In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, combine chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, pineapple chunks, and chopped bell peppers. Bring to a boil. Add sugar and vinegar. Return to boil.


In a separate bowl, combine the 1/2 cup sugar and Clear Jel. Clear Jel is the thickener for this recipe and will give you a nice thick sauce.


Stir the pineapple juice you saved from the can to the Clear Jel mixture and mix well. Stir the Clear Jel mixture into the boiling tomato mixture. The sauce will thicken quickly.


If you like a chunky sweet and sour sauce, then you can either can it now or let it cool to freeze it. If you want a smooth sauce, use an immersion blender to blend it right in the pan, or you can put it in the blender. I decided to blend mine and the immersion blender worked great.


Easy recipe for canning sweet and sour sauce.


Freezing Sweet and Sour Sauce


If you are going to freeze the sauce, let the sauce cool and freeze it in freezer containers like these inexpensive freezer containers.


Canning Instructions


If you are going to can the sauce, pour the hot sauce into sterilized pint sized canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process in a boiling water canner for 30 minutes. Remove jars from boiling water canner and let cool until lids seal.


Add a touch of sweetness to your meals with homemade sweet and sour sauce! This easy recipe for canned sweet and sour sauce is perfect for those who love the taste of tangy and sweet flavors. Made with a blend of fresh ingredients and spices, this homemade sauce is perfect for adding to your favorite Chinese dishes and more. Learn how to safely can your own sweet and sour sauce at home and enjoy the delicious taste of summer all year round. Pin now and start canning your own sweet and sour sauce today!


You can store these jars on your pantry shelf for several years. They also make a great gift!


And the taste? Oh my, it is really good. Really, really good! No need to buy sweet and sour sauce from the store again.


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12 Comments on "Canning Sweet and Sour Sauce"

  1. Made this for the first time, it is fantastic! So I did a second batch, because I know my grown children will love it! Thanks for a great recipe!


    1. No, flour is no longer recommended for use in canning. You will much happier with the results of the Clear Jel! 🙂


  2. I have made this twice now one with real canned pineapple and one with zucchini canned in pineapple juice. The zucchini pineapple worked beautifully!


    1. Good to know! I canned some zucchini pineapple last year and the family wasn’t very excited.. maybe I can get it past them this way lol!


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