slices of bread with chopped tomatoes

Bruschetta Preserves

We love bruschetta, and we love growing and harvesting our own tomatoes. Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh a bruschetta spread, ready to serve in a flash during the winter? The following post is about preparing Bruschetta Preserves, with a recipe and canning instructions.

It’s Tomato Week! A few days ago, I posted about harvesting all those garden tomatoes. Today here is yet another recipe post about preserving tomatoes. There is a printable recipe card at the end from RecipesGenerator.


When our kids were small we used to attend different arenas and parks around the province, during hockey, baseball and soccer season as we took them to their games. Our habit at the time was to search for the best arena/park hot dog that we could find. Alot of hard work goes into this kind of food testing!

Now that the kids are grown up, my husband and I have been enjoying searching for the best bruschetta at the restaurants we visit. It’s still very hard work. We recently found it at a small family run Italian restaurant near our home.

Bruschetta is a classic appetizer or antipasto from Italy consisting of grilled or toasted bread topped with olive oil and salt – and may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. Most commonly, in our neighbourhood, we enjoy a bruschetta made with chopped tomatoes and herbs in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

We enjoy serving bruschetta at home as well – so we used our fresh tomatoes to make Bruschetta In A Jar. This recipe is from Bernardin.

For this bruschetta preserve, we had a nice basket of heirloom, grown from seed, multi-coloured tomatoes to use. These ones are small but “meaty” and firm – and perfect for this recipe – but – any type of tomato at all will do!

Multi-coloured fresh tomatoes
Multi-coloured fresh tomatoes

Now we can quickly have some fresh tasting herbed tomato preserves on hand to place onto toasted crusty bread or a baguette, whenever we want. We can top with freshly grated cheese and olive oil to enjoy that restaurant style bruschetta without leaving our home.

This recipe was very straightforward. The only issue was figuring out exactly how many pounds of tomatoes we had and what we should use. It calls for 9 cups of chopped plum tomatoes -3.5 pounds or 20 medium. We had these lovely small tomatoes – so we “eyeballed’ them, and thought it looked like about 9 cups of tomatoes before chopping. While my husband was chopping and measuring, I went wandering around our garden gathering cherry tomatoes, and any tomatoes that were almost red – to make up the gap to 9 cups chopped.

You will need 7 250 ml jars. The smaller 250ml jar size is just right – you can open a jar and make a batch of bruschetta or 2 with one jar. This makes 250ml the right size for keeping on hand or gifting! Get some extra jars ready to store any extras!


Bruschetta Preserve Ingredients:

9 cups chopped fresh tomatoes from the garden – we chopped firm small tomatoes – and drained the mushy seeds but used most of the nice firm tomatoes

Chopped fresh tomatoes
Chopped fresh tomatoes

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup dry white wine – I used a Pinot Grigio, because I was sipping – but it wasn’t very dry

1 cup white wine vinegar

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp granulated sugar

2 tbsp dried basil

2 tbsp dried oregano

Bruschetta Preserve Directions:

Prepare clean mason jars for canning. I used the recommended 7 250ml mason jars, and had a few extra on hand. I boiled the clean jars and rings in my large canning pot for 10 minutes to sterilize. I saved the sealing discs for heating later. I set the clean jars and rings on the counter – ready to use, and left the hot water – ready to heat the lids in a few minutes, and then to boil/can the filled jars later. This was a fairly quick recipe for me, so the jars and rings were still hot when it was time to can.

Sterilize mason jars by boiling
Sterilize the jars

Prepare the tomatoes. We chopped them into 1/2 inch chunks, removed any mushy bits and seeds, but we used nice small tomatoes – so we left most of the seeds in. Keep the tomatoes in a large bowl, ready to use. Mince the fresh garlic.

Mince fresh garlic
Mincing the garlic

Combine all the other ingredients in a stainless steel pot. Bring to a boil for a minute, then turn heat down and boil lightly covered for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

Chopped fresh tomatoes for bruschetta
Chopped fresh tomatoes for bruschetta

Spoon the tomatoes into the hot jars to 3/4 of an inch from the top.

Spoon the tomatoes into hot sterilized jars
Spoon the tomatoes into hot sterilized jars to 3/4 of an inch from the rim

Ladle the hot liquid over the tomatoes in each jar so that the tomatoes are completely covered, and the liquid reaches 1/2 inch from the top of the jar. I found that the spices in this recipe wanted to float unevenly around in the pot, so I made sure to ladle a little at a time to each jar.

Ladle liquid over tomatoes in each jar
Ladle the liquid over the tomatoes in each jar – to 1/2 inch from rim

Wipe down the jar tops. Heat the sealing discs in the water, then apply to the top of the jar. Screw the bands over the jar – to fingertip tight.

Place filled jars in pot to boil
Place the filled jars in hot water to can – boil for a full 10 minutes

Place the jars in the hot water to can, making sure they are covered by one inch of water. Bring water to a full rolling boil. Boil for 10 full minutes. Turn off heat. Remove from water – keeping upright after 5 minutes. (at higher altitudes – boil for 15 minutes).

Turn off heat. After 5 minutes, remove jars (keeping upright) from water. I use some metal kitchen tongs – but I also love my silicone oven mitt for this. It’s waterproof so I don’t burn myself.

Leave the jars alone to cool. You will gradually hear them pop as the discs seal and curve inwards. Once the jars are fully cooled you can wipe them off and store them in a cool dark place. Jars that are not properly canned should be refrigerated.

I made 7 full 250ml jars, plus I had enough tomatoes leftover to almost fill a 650ml jar – I put this one straight in the fridge to use within a few days. There was no problem with that. Bruschetta is wonderful any night of the week!

a variety of foods on a wooden table near the lighted candles and bruschetta preserves
Photo by Thirdman on

I hope that you liked this tomato preserve recipe. I have two more still to post! Happy Tomato Week!

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10 thoughts on “Bruschetta Preserves

  1. You did a great job explaining this. I’ve never canned anything but saw family do it and I wasn’t paying attention. You described so well. Now I know how! Sounds wonderful and I wish I could retire and do this one day!

    1. Thank You. I enjoy canning, but the first time I tried it I was about 8 months pregnant with my first son on a hot summer day! It took hours to get my apple jelly to firm up – but canning doesn’t have to be hard – just start with one recipe of something you like and go from there! and enjoy your coffee!!

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