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diggininthedirt

Canning tomatoes

Hello,

I have TONS of tomatoes that are still coming off the plants here in Zone 6.

I would like some information on how to either can them or a very simple sauce recipe .

Views: 11841 Replies: 14 Date: 2011-10-26T06:29:01.000Z
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monkeyface

Re: Canning tomatoes

I was recently faced with the same issue...more tomatoes than we could possibly eat or give away! I looked online and found a site by Ball for tomato canning. I ran my empty jars through the dishwasher and stored them in there to keep them hot while I worked on the tomatoes. I put two large pots to boil, one for the canning process and one for the tomatoes. The pot for the tomatoes had a strainer with handles which makes it easy to get the tomatoes out. I placed the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 1-2 minutes, pulled them out via the strainer and placed them into my kitchen sink which was filled with cold water. The tomato skins would split and I pealed the tomatoes in the cold water and placed the skinless tomatoes into a clean bowl. If the skin didn't split I pricked it with a knife. I then removed the cores, quartered them and put them back into the bowl. I took my jars out and added 2 tbs lemon juice, 1 tsp pickling salt and the chopped tomatoes with liquid. I removed the air with the canning spatula, wiped the tops of the jars and placed the lids (I had these in boiling water) and bands onto the jars. I boiled the filled jars for 45 minutes on a low rolling boil. After 5 minutes removed the jars with tongs and placed on clean towel. They all sealed. I noticed there was about an inch of liquid on the bottom and the tomatoes above. 

2012-09-19T06:48:24.000Z

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monkeyface

Re: Canning tomatoes

I was recently faced with the same issue...more tomatoes than we could possibly eat or give away! I looked online and found a site by Ball for tomato canning. I ran my empty jars through the dishwasher and stored them in there to keep them hot while I worked on the tomatoes. I put two large pots to boil, one for the canning process and one for the tomatoes. The pot for the tomatoes had a strainer with handles which makes it easy to get the tomatoes out. I placed the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 1-2 minutes, pulled them out via the strainer and placed them into my kitchen sink which was filled with cold water. The tomato skins would split and I pealed the tomatoes in the cold water and placed the skinless tomatoes into a clean bowl. If the skin didn't split I pricked it with a knife. I then removed the cores, quartered them and put them back into the bowl. I took my jars out and added 2 tbs lemon juice, 1 tsp pickling salt and the chopped tomatoes with liquid. I removed the air with the canning spatula, wiped the tops of the jars and placed the lids (I had these in boiling water) and bands onto the jars. I boiled the filled jars for 45 minutes on a low rolling boil. After 5 minutes removed the jars with tongs and placed on clean towel. They all sealed. I noticed there was about an inch of liquid on the bottom and the tomatoes above. 

2012-09-19T06:47:27.000Z

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monkeyface

Re: Canning tomatoes

I was recently faced with the same issue...more tomatoes than we could possibly eat or give away! I looked online and found a site by Ball for tomato canning. I ran my empty jars through the dishwasher and stored them in there to keep them hot while I worked on the tomatoes. I put two large pots to boil, one for the canning process and one for the tomatoes. The pot for the tomatoes had a strainer with handles which makes it easy to get the tomatoes out. I placed the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 1-2 minutes, pulled them out via the strainer and placed them into my kitchen sink which was filled with cold water. The tomato skins would split and I pealed the tomatoes in the cold water and placed the skinless tomatoes into a clean bowl. If the skin didn't split I pricked it with a knife. I then removed the cores, quartered them and put them back into the bowl. I took my jars out and added 2 tbs lemon juice, 1 tsp pickling salt and the chopped tomatoes with liquid. I removed the air with the canning spatula, wiped the tops of the jars and placed the lids (I had these in boiling water) and bands onto the jars. I boiled the filled jars for 45 minutes on a low rolling boil. After 5 minutes removed the jars with tongs and placed on clean towel. They all sealed. I noticed there was about an inch of liquid on the bottom and the tomatoes above. 

2012-09-19T06:44:32.000Z

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  swansot

swansot

Re: Canning tomatoes


After canning all my tomatoes, I like to can the left over juice as well.  It's great to have on hand to add flavor to rice or sauces. 

2012-08-15T04:33:33.000Z

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  swansot

swansot

Re: Canning tomatoes


After canning all my tomatoes, I like to can the left over juice as well.  It's great to have on hand to add flavor to rice or sauces. 

2012-08-15T04:33:01.000Z

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  swansot

swansot

Re: Canning tomatoes


After canning all my tomatoes, I like to can the left over juice as well.  It's great to have on hand to add flavor to rice or sauces. 

2012-08-15T04:32:53.000Z

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  TomatoLover

TomatoLover

Re: Canning tomatoes

I add a teaspoon of lemon juice to each pint of whole tomatoes instead of salt.  My biggest lesson in canning was leaving enough headspace at the top-at least 3/4".  One time we filled too high and all the tops exploded while we were sealing them!

2012-05-01T08:15:44.000Z

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  maggievanfossan

maggievanfossan

Re: Canning tomatoes


In 2011, I discovered ROASTING tomatoes - so much easier than canning. I quarter tomatoes, onions and green peppers and put in a baking pan. I sprinkle with olive oil, S & P, italian seasonings and roast in the oven 350 for 2 hours. I pack directly into freezer zip bags or run through my blender before freezing to make a sauce. You can vary the recipe with spaghetti sauce seasonings or plain for just tomato sauce. I pack in quart-size bags and freeze on a cookie sheet so they stack nicely in my freezer.

2012-03-24T16:47:27.000Z

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  Garden Guru

burpee

Planning to can?

Check out canning tips and tricks from garden expert, Theresa Loe. http://www.burpeehomegard...is-year-plan-to-can.html

2012-03-07T14:35:54.000Z

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  bwlservs

bwlservs

Re: Canning tomatoes

A easier way when there are way too many for canning etc, is to wash and freeze whole.  When you want a quick sause or for a soup etc, the skins come right off as they thaw with a little slit around them in no time.

2012-01-19T13:51:27.000Z

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peshadows

Re: Canning tomatoes


My favorite canning book for beginners is the BALL canning book. The stewed tomotoes in that are my favorite. Make sure you get the right canner.

Otherwise, when I have a surplus, I clean the tomatoes, peel and cut them, then pack them into freezer bags for future use, such as adding to soups.

2011-12-30T08:09:55.000Z

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  Prncssdrake

Prncssdrake

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2011-11-16T12:05:11.000Z

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diggininthedirt

Re: Canning tomatoes

Thanks for the info GoodGrowing.

Will go and look fo ra book that has a photo step by step for this.

2011-11-15T07:42:50.000Z

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  Soil Stomper

GoodGrowing

Re: Canning tomatoes


I scalded the tomatoes with hot water so the peels would just slip off, then I cut out the cores, cut the tomatoes in quarters and or large pieces, put them in a hot canning jar, tamped them down until juice formed, and jar was filled, added one tsp. salt, ran a knife down the side of jar to remove air bubbles, wiped the mouth off to ensure the tops would seal, put on the top and ring,  placed in a hot water bath to process.  Really is easy.  I suggest a book on canning to give you exact steps to follow to ensure you enjoy the experience.

2011-11-02T05:29:15.000Z

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