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Learn How to Can Tomatoes for Long Term Storage with easy step by step instructions. You dont even have to have a canner. Can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. #canning #preservingfood #canningtomatoes #tomatoes #preserving tomatoes #paleo #prepper #prepping #whole30 #thehealthnutmama

How to Can Tomatoes

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Last Updated on August 11, 2020 by Renee’

I wanted to share How to Can Tomatoes with you since they are in abundance right now. This recipe is so easy & you are able to can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. You don’t even have to have a canner.

As many of you know, if you have been following me, my dad has a huge organic garden every year. This year it was a little smaller than last year. He is 81 you know. So I’m not complaining. I went last week & picked green beans, tomatoes & squash. It is so nice to be able to do this. So you know what I have been up to. Canning, Freezing & Fermenting. 

This recipe is how my grandmother & mother & their mothers have always canned tomatoes. Some people say you need to water bath can them. If you would feel more comfortable doing that, you definitely can. I asked my mother about it & she says she has never lost a can of tomatoes in all the years she has been doing them this way. 

From what I have read about it, the tomatoes today don’t have the acidity of tomatoes (see notes below) of years ago due to GMO’s, & all the chemicals that are being used on the vegetables & in the soil. We definitely don’t have this problem since my dad doesn’t use any of these. So I would make sure that you use locally grown tomatoes that you know for sure is organic. 

 

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes (Organic preferably)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt per qt. or 1/2 tsp. per pint (optional)

Learn How to Can Tomatoes for Long Term Storage with easy step by step instructions. You dont even have to have a canner. Can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. #canning #preservingfood #canningtomatoes #tomatoes #preserving tomatoes #paleo #prepper #prepping #whole30 #thehealthnutmama

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Learn How to Can Tomatoes for Long Term Storage with easy step by step instructions. You dont even have to have a canner. Can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. #canning #preservingfood #canningtomatoes #tomatoes #preserving tomatoes #paleo #prepper #prepping #whole30 #thehealthnutmama

 

Directions to prepare tomatoes

  • Wash tomatoes, put in a large stainless steel bowl.
  • Bring pot of water to boiling.
  • Drop tomatoes in one or two at a time (can pour over all tomatoes but tomatoes start cooking & I think you lose too much of the juice)
  • As soon as the tomato skin starts to crack, remove tomato, peel & core.
  • Add tomatoes to hot water as needed. It only takes about a min. or two before they are ready. 
  • After tomatoes are peeled & cored you can chop or quarter (I prefer to chop mine.) and put in Large Pot,

 

Canning Jar and Lid

 

Directions to prepare for canning:

  • Fill a Large Pot with water, add jars & bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  • Fill a Small Pan with water, add rings & lids & bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  • Fill a Large Pot with Tomatoes & bring to boil. (This needs to be a rolling boil, the tomatoes will be foaming on top)
  • Remove Jar from boiling water with a jar lifter. Put Canning Funnel on the jar.
  • Use a soup ladle to pour hot tomatoes into the jar until full leaving 1-inch headspace. If adding salt add before adding tomatoes. Not necessary.
  • Use a clean towel (paper is fine) dampened to clean rim of jar.
  • Use tongs to remove lid & ring from boiling water & put on jar. Use a towel if necessary to tighten lid. Jar & lid will be hot. 
  • As Jar cools you will hear a pop. That means it has sealed.
  • Repeat for 2nd jar & so on for however many jars you have. 

 

Learn How to Can Tomatoes for Long Term Storage with easy step by step instructions. You dont even have to have a canner. Can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. #canning #preservingfood #canningtomatoes #tomatoes #preserving tomatoes #paleo #prepper #prepping #whole30 #thehealthnutmama

 

Notes:

  • If unsure about acidity in your tomatoes, add 1 Tbs. of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 pint or 2 Tbs. to a quart. 
  • Also if you are concerned about canning in this manner, you can use a water bath canner. (You can pack the tomatoes in raw then water bath for 45 min.)
  • Use canned tomatoes in soups & stews. 

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Learn How to Can Tomatoes for Long Term Storage with easy step by step instructions. You dont even have to have a canner. Can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. #canning #preservingfood #canningtomatoes #tomatoes #preserving tomatoes #paleo #prepper #prepping #whole30 #thehealthnutmama

 

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How to Can Tomatoes

Learn How to Can Tomatoes for Long Term Storage with easy step by step instructions. You dont even have to have a canner. Can as few or as many tomatoes as you want. #canning #preservingfood #canningtomatoes #tomatoes #preserving tomatoes #paleo #prepper #prepping #whole30 #thehealthnutmama

Instructions

Directions to prepare tomatoes

  1. Wash tomatoes, put in a large stainless steel bowl.
  2. Bring pot of water to boiling.
  3. Drop tomatoes in one or two at a time (can pour over all tomatoes but tomatoes start cooking & I think you lose too much of the juice)
  4. As soon as the tomato skin starts to crack, remove tomato, peel & core.
  5. Add tomatoes to hot water as needed. It only takes about a min. or two before they are ready. 
  6. After tomatoes are peeled & cored you can chop or quarter (I prefer to chop mine.) and put in Large Pot


Directions to prepare for canning:

  1. Fill a Large Pot with water, add jars & bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  2. Fill a Small Pan with water, add rings & lids & bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Fill a Large Pot with Tomatoes & bring to boil. (This needs to be a rolling boil, the tomatoes will be foaming on top)
  4. Remove Jar from boiling water with a jar lifter. Put Canning Funnel on the jar.
  5. Use a soup ladle to pour tomatoes into the jar until full leaving 1-inch headspace. 
  6. Use a clean towel (paper is fine) dampened to clean rim of jar.
  7. Use tongs to remove lid & ring from boiling water & put on jar. Use a towel if necessary to tighten lid. Jar & lid will be hot. 
  8. As Jar cools you will hear a pop. That means it has sealed.
  9. Repeat for 2nd jar & so on for however many jars you have. 

 

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