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Can Your Own Tomatoes

In this beginner tutorial, learn how to can the most popular preserved produce.
  • Ingredients

    Prep 15 minutes

    Process 1 hour 25 minutes

    Makes 8 pints or 4 quarts

    • 11/4 to 11/2 pounds ripe tomatoes for pint jars or 21/2 to 31/2 pounds for quart jars
    • Bottled lemon juice
    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: January 24, 2018
  • Step 1: Boil

    Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Cut a shallow X in blossom ends of tomatoes. Working in batches, lower tomatoes into boiling water 30 to 60 seconds or until skins start to split. Use a slotted spoon to transfer tomatoes to a large bowl of ice water. Peel skins off tomatoes. If desired, cut tomatoes in half. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: January 24, 2018
  • Step 2: Pack

    Pack tomatoes into hot, sterilized pint or quart canning jars, pressing the tomatoes until spaces between tomatoes are filled with juice. Leave a 1/2-inch headspace. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to each pint or 2 tablespoons lemon juice to each quart. If desired, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt to each pint or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt to each quart. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: January 24, 2018
  • Step 3: Process

    Process filled pint or quart jars in a boiling-water canner 85 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars; cool on wire racks. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: January 24, 2018
  • Hot-Pack Tomatoes in Water

    Prepare tomatoes as directed and place in pot; add enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Pack jars with tomatoes and cooking liquid, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Add lemon juice and, if desired, salt. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. Process in a boiling-water canner 40 minutes for pints, 45 minutes for quarts; start timing when water returns to boiling. Remove jars; cool on wire racks. 

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: January 24, 2018
  • Raw-Pack Tomatoes in Water

    Prepare tomatoes and fill jars as directed. Pour boiling water into each jar, maintaining the 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. Process in a boiling-water canner 40 minutes for pints, 45 minutes for quarts (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars; cool on wire racks. 

    Per 1/4 cup: 13 cal., 0 g fat, 0 mg chol., 4 mg sodium, 3 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g pro.

    Date Published: January 19, 2018
    Date Updated: January 24, 2018

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