Canning Tomatoes from the Garden

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How to Can Tomatoes from the Garden.

Canning tomatoes is not as straight forward as when I was a kid, ohhhhh so many years ago.

One reason is that newer tomato types are not as high in natural acid. Making for the need to adjust the acid level in the jar. This can be accomplished by adding additional acid to the jar, making tomatoes safe, for water bath canning. Lemon juice is a favorite, but I prefer to use white vinegar.

At this time, I have a glass top stove and the traditional water bath canner with the circular grooves in the bottom does not work well on a glass top stove. I also have a pressure canner and while I know that you don't have to can tomatoes in a pressure canner, there is no rule you can not.....

So today we canned tomatoes in the pressure canner. This is a real act of faith on my part. My own dear mother was scared to death of pressure cookers. She owned them, she just never used them. I have used them so little myself, that I decided it was time enough to get comfortable and let go of the old thoughts about pressure cookers and canners.

You know that urban myth about them blowing up for no reason what so ever.....

How to Can Tomatoes from the Garden.

Keep in mind this is a process more than a recipe because exact measurements are hard to come by when processing produce from your own garden. Also, don't be intimidated about canning, folks have been canning and eating what they can for decades. It is a skill, yes. But one that can be easily learned, and will provide your family with wonderful foods to enjoy and a great deal of pride for you, that only canning can do!

How to Canned Tomatoes from the Garden
adapted by: Presto Pressure Canner directions

ripe tomatoes
5% white vinegar
sea salt
boiling water
pint canning jars, rings, and dome lids

How to Can Tomatoes from the Garden.

Wash tomatoes, remove the stem and dice (you may slip the peel* if you desire, I left it on, see directions below).

Carefully spoon into jars, packing lightly.

How to Can Tomatoes from the Garden.

To the top of each jar add 1 T white vinegar and 1 t sea salt.

Add boiling water to cover, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Wipe the top of the jar, attach dome and ring. Screwing on firmly but not tight.

How to Can Tomatoes from the Garden.

Add jars to the Pressure canner, secure lid and bring pressure up to 11 pounds. Process for 10 full minutes. Remove canner (do not open) from flame and let pressure drop naturally. When the pressure has dropped, open and remove jars.

How to Can Tomatoes from the Garden.

Verify that jars are sealed. Wipe with a damp cloth, remove the ring and label the dome lid for contents in the jar and date of processing.

You might enjoy a jar of your home-canned tomatoes in this recipe for Stovetop Cabbage Rolls.


* to slip the peel, drop whole tomatoes into boiling water, let stand one minute, drain and slip the peel right off the tomato.

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  1. We usually freeze tomatoes from our garden but I like to give canning a try. Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It. You're one of my features today!


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