Canning Tomato Juice

Canning tomato juice. How a tomato canning juicer can make putting up homemade tomato juice faster and easier. Which varieties produce the most juicy tomatoes?

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Tomato Canning Amounts

You will need about 23 lbs. of vine ripened tomatoes to make 7 quarts of tomato juice.

Juicy Tomatoes

It stands to reason that you will get more juice out of fewer tomatoes if you plant juicy tomatoes.

So which tomatoes are juciest?

The beefsteak tomato types get my vote. Especially the old heirloom tomatoes like Black Krim and Cherokee Purple and Brandywine tomatoes.

How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice

Safety First:

All tomatoes are not sufficiently acidic for canning tomato juice safely. Add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or half a teaspoon of citric acid to each quart jar before filling it with the cooked juice.

  1. Wash the fruit and cut out the stem scars and any bad spots.
  2. Quarter or slice the tomatoes (depending on how large they are) and put them into a large saucepan over medium heat. Mash them with a potato masher as they cook. Simmer them for 5 minutes.
  3. Press the cooked tomatoes with the juice through a strainer to remove the skin and seeds. Return the pure juice to the saucepan and bring it to a boil.

    You may also add a teaspoon of salt (pickling salt is best for canning) to each quart jar prior to adding the juice but this is optional. Omit it if you want to make low sodium tomato juice.
  4. Use a funnel to pour the juice into hot, sterilized canning jars. Leave half an inch of space at the top of each jar to allow for expansion during canning.
  5. Wipe the rims of the jars clean with a paper towel and place the lids on securely. Process the tomatoes in a water bath or pressure canner.
  6. Consult these Canning Time Tables to find the correct processing time for your canning method.
  7. Use tongs to remove the jars from the canner and set them on towels to cool. Clean any spills off the outside of the cooled jars before storing them.

Botulism spores can grow in these food spills and you don't have to ingest them. Just getting the spores on your skin can make you ill.

If you are new to canning tomatoes, the

USDA Home Canning Guide will provide you with all the instruction you could want.

Top Quality Tomato Juicer

Buy an Imperia V245 Electric Tomato Strainer

A tomato canning juicer is a small investment which will pay off if you will be canning tomatoes regularly. You just wash and quarter the fruit, put it into the hopper and turn the handle (on a manual juicer) or press the button (on an electric one).

Out comes the juice and sauce without the seeds or skin.

Boil the juice for 5 minutes before canning it.

The Imperia Spremy Electric Tomato Strainer is the tomato juicer you need if you grow and can a lot of tomatoes.

The Best Canners

This is the best pressure canner on the market in my opinion. Made in America. Big (30 quarts). Heavy. This is the canner for people who will be canning tomato juice in large amounts.

This Granite Ware Canning Kit is a great value for the money. You get a 21 quart water bath canner and all the tools a beginner needs.

It will work with both gas and electric ranges but cannot be used on smooth top stoves.

The Ball Jar Collection Elite 21 quart Canner is perfect for people who have ceramic stove tops. The bottom is flat and it fits the large burner well.

Of course, this stainless steel canner can be used on other types of gas or electric stoves as well. Much longer lasting than graniteware.

Canning on a Smooth-top Stove

If you are worried about canning on a ceramic stove top, don't be.

I have a Kenmore on which I boil large, heavy pots of water on at least every other day. I've been doing this for years and have never had a problem.

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