Forgot to add lemon juice

Asked September 24, 2020, 11:48 AM EDT

Hello, I remembered that I didn’t add lemon juice to my canned salsa. It has been 36 hours since processing. Is it safe to add the lemon juice and reprocess. All jars were sealed and popped accordingly when I opened them

Jefferson County Colorado

1 Response

Lemon juice is a critical ingredient in salsa because acidity and heat both are necessary to ensure the inactivation of harmful microorganisms. Canned foods can be safety reprocessed if done within 24 hours of the first processing. If you refrigerated the salsa within 24 hours after processing, the salsa can be treated as a fresh product and used within 4-6 days.