This spring I put in 18 tomato plants. For a girl who doesn’t like tomatoes, that’s a lot. My plan was to can them and enjoy home-grown goodness all winter long. I love tomatoes in salsa, soup, chili, and a host of other cooked dishes. I also love designing labels. This week, enough tomatoes finally ripened to make my first batch of sauce. I decided this was a great time to make some new sauce labels and share them with like-minded canning enthusiasts. I used a recipe from Canning for a New Generation, a book which I definitely recommend. I left the ingredients off the label, so these will work with your recipe of choice. Labels add a nice touch for sharing and gift giving, but I also enjoy them for a generally prettier pantry.
What You’ll Need
- A Printer – Inkjet or laser will do, but I find for any kind of food labels, laser printers are preferable because the toner doesn’t run when exposed to moisture. I recently invested in this beauty and wish I would have bought it sooner.
- Label Paper – I used these Avery 1/2 Sheet Kraft Paper Labels which I had on hand. The download is formatted to work around the center division. Next time will try these which are full page. You can also use white. I have these full-page white labels and have been very happy with them, plus you can’t be the price.
- Paper Cutter or Scissors
- Tomato Sauce!
- Download the labels (PDF).
- Print on label paper.
- Cut them out using the cut marks on the sides. It works best if you start with the horizontal cuts and then make the vertical cuts.
- Mark the labels with your jar size and date of canning.
- Apply labels to jars.
- Admire your handiwork, give them as gifts, and share on Instagram. (Don’t forget to tag me, I’d love to see these in action.)
I’ve gotten a lot of kind comments on the labels I add to my kitchen and pantry items. I’ll be sharing more label downloads in the coming months. If you have a request, leave me a comment below.
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