Tomatoes are the most popular home grown vegetable in the U.S.
There is good reason for this.
The variety of colors, shapes, sizes and, most importantly, flavors makes
in the home garden a must for thousands of gardeners.
From the small, mildly-flavored
to the huge, rich and juicy heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, there are enough tomato varieties to keep tomato lovers growing and tasting new types for the rest of their lives.
Tomato canning is the best way to enjoy the flavors of the best tasting tomatoes in the dead of winter. It is also one of the best methods of storing tomatoes and preserving the health benefits of tomatoes for up to a year.
Cooking does destroy some of the nutritional value of tomatoes. And more vitamins are lost as the storage time lengthens. Still, canned tomatoes will retain about a third of their vitamins.
What is not lost in canning or storage is minerals. An average tomato contains: Potassium 400mg, Phosphorus 65mg, Magnesium 23mg, Calcium 32mg, Selenium 0.8mg, and Iron 0.5mg.
How to Can Tomatoes
The following links will take you to pages with information about canning sauce, juice and whole tomatoes.
If you have never canned vegetables at home before and you need general canning information, go look at the
USDA Home Canning Guide.
This is a pdf document which will provide you with all the safety information and explicit instructions for both hot water bath and pressure canning.
Special instructions for canning Roma tomatoes whole. Canning sauce from home garden Roma bush tomatoes. Roma tomato press, juicer, strainer.
Canning Green Tomatoes Canning Fresh Tomatoes
Unripe green tomatoes are more acidic than ripe tomatoes. This makes them more suitable for canning.
You can slice the raw tomatoes 1/4 inch thick and cold pack them into canning jars to put them up for making fried tomatoes later.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt (canning or pickling salt is best) per quart and fill the jars to within half an inch from the top with spring water.
Screw the lids on and process the jars in a hot water bath for 8-10 minutes at altitudes below 1,000 feet.
Fresh canned green tomatoes work better in a fried green tomatoes recipe than frozen tomatoes but are not exactly the same as fresh.
Canning Cherry Tomatoes
Are you overrun with cherry tomatoes? Want to put them up but worried about the skin and seeds?
The good news is that you don't have to peel each one by hand.
You can use them in recipes for canning tomatoes that call for the tomatoes to be cooked first then strained. Most tomato juice recipes are prepared this way.
You can also make tomato chutney or
where you only have to halve or quarter the fruit.
Good Canners to Use
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 tomatoes in large quantities.
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.
If you are worried about canning on one of these stove tops, 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 I've never had a problem.
Of course, this stainless steel canner can be used on other types of gas or electric stoves as well. Much longer lasting than graniteware.
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How to Peel Tomatoes
How to peel tomatoes quickly. An easy way to peel a tomato. Peeling fresh tomatoes. Peeling machines. Tomato juicers.
Fried Green Tomato Recipe
My best fried green tomato recipe. Recipe for fried green tomatoes using cornbread crumbs. How to choose tomatoes to use in a fried green tomatoes recipe. Southern green fried tomatoes.
Green Tomato Relish Recipe
Best green tomato relish recipe. Green tomato recipe. Recipe for green tomato relish. Green tomato chutney recipe. Green tomato relish canning recipe. Chow chow or green tomato salsa verde recipe.