Canning Tomatos

Tuesday - 7 September 2010

The garden is in full harvest mode, so what energy I have is going there.
Haven’t had time to work this site theme or any other Word Press projects right now.

We did harvest many of our tomatoes:

early girl tomatos

big beef tomatos

And we canned up 7 pints. We used the cold pack – 60 min water bath method.

7 pints canned tomatos

Russel also made some fresh tomato sauce, which was so good, I am tempted to harvest and or buy more tomatos and can up some pints of that.

We have also eaten corn (so sweet and fresh), we have eggplant almost ready, and the peppers are really turning red. Cukes and squash are still producing, as is the salad bed. I love eating fresh organic food.. makes all the work worth it!

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2 thoughts on “Canning Tomatos

  1. Riley

    Hi Bobbi,
    Your tomatoes on the vine and in the jar look delicious!

    I’d like to see your instructions for the 60 minute water bath method.
    Here is what I made up with our greenhouse tomatoes yesterday.

    It came out really great:

    The Best Fresh Tomato Salsa
    Prep Time: 20 Min Ready In: 20 Min
    Original Recipe Yield 5 cups
    Ingredients
    • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
    • 1 cup onion, diced
    • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (including seeds)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Directions
    1. Stir the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Serve.

    Nutritional Information
    Amount Per Serving Calories: 5 | Total Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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  2. admin Post author

    There are so many instructions on the web, I followed those.
    In a nutshell:
    Peel and core tomatoes (dip in boiling water 1min/ transfer to cold-ice water and skins slide right off)
    I cut my tomatoes in quarters mostly, and squeeze out a lot of the juice and fish most of the seed out with fingers.
    Meanwhile you have your jars sterilizing in hot boiling water.
    And you have your water bath canner almost to a boil about 1/2 full.
    Put cold tomato into hot jar and mash down and release bubbles, if needed add a smidgen of boiling water to 1/2 inch head space. Wipe the rim, put on lid and screw top.
    Transfer to canner with jar lifter. When canner is filled with jars, add boiling water to cover jars at least 1″ and boil for an hour.
    I also added (first time this year) 1/4 t of citric acid per jar.
    You need about* 15 pounds of unprocessed tomatoes to make 7 pints.

    Your salsa sounds yummy. I think I will get ingredients for that when in town next time!

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