Easy Mandarin Sauce for Canning

Mandarin Sauce is an easy sweet and sour sauce that tastes great and makes dinner prep easy and fuss free. One fall afternoon my neighbor Angie and I were talking about the garden and all the tomatoes coming on. She said she had a really good sweet and sour sauce she made and offered to give me a jar to try.

This is a ready made sauce sweet and sour that is good with your favorite meat. Add the mandarin sauce to a crock pot and any meat, chicken, pork or meat balls. Simmer all day and serve over rice. It is that simple. Surprisingly my husband loved it. It is a great way to use up those extra onions, tomatoes and peppers in the fall when you’re done canning tomatoes, stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce.

The sauce can be used the way it is canned for a chunky sauce or blended before using. My family likes it blended. It is a great way to hide all those great vegetables from your picky ones.

Mandarin Sauce

Makes 12 quarts.

16 cups peeled and chopped tomatoes

4 Green peppers

4 Red peppers

4 Medium Onions

1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar

2 cups sugar

3 20-ozs cans of pineapple tidbits

1 cup soy sauce

1-2 cups Ultra Gel

Prepare bottles and lids. I like to put them in the dishwasher on the sanitize setting.

Scald and peel tomatoes. Chop tomatoes and add to a large cook pot. Chop peppers and onions in a food processor and add to the pot. Add vinegar, sugar, pineapple tidbits with juice and soy sauce. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Add Ultra gel ½ a cup at a time stirring till blended after each addition until you achieve the desired thickness. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Ladle into quart or pint jars. Clean off rims and place two part lids on and tighten hand tight. Process in a water bath canner for 45 minutes for quarts, or 25 minutes for pints. Process in pressure canner at 15 pounds pressure for 15 minutes for pints and quarts.

Remove from canner and let cool to room temperature. Store in a cool dry place.

Recipe ideas; Add to a crock pot with your favorite meat. Cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. Serve with rice.

For a quick sweet and sour chicken blend a pint of sauce till smooth and add to a pan with cut up chicken tenders from your favorite fast food. Simmer till warm and serve over rice. Enjoy!

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