Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products

canning tomatoes

Do you love tomatoes fresh from the garden? Me too! I also love canning tomatoes to use in salsa, soups and spaghetti sauce.

Below is a list of all the pages on this site regarding canning tomatoes. Everything from processing directions and safety recommendations to my favorite tips. 

List of pages about canning tomatoes.



Safety recommendations 

Learn why you should acidify tomatoes before processing. Tomatoes have long been canned by the traditional boiling water bath method.

However, USDA recommendations have changed. Tomatoes are very close to the safety borderline of acidity. 

How to can tomatoes raw pack style

Instructions for putting up tomatoes packed raw and whole in their own juice. I like to have these jars on hand for soup or stew bases, chili, and other meals.

My favorite tomato tip  

This tip doesn't really save much time... but it is a definite labor saving method.  

canning spaghetti sauce

Spaghetti Sauce (with meat)

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Spaghetti Sauce (without meat) 

Start making your own spaghetti sauce. Beat the price and nutrition of store bought, and keep the convenience. Remember to always use a tested recipe and always use a pressure canner for spaghetti sauce.  

How to can stewed tomatoes

A jar of stewed tomatoes is a versatile ingredient. Use it as a base for stews or chili. Pour it over a roast in a crock-pot, add some potato, onion, and carrots for an easy meal.

Three easy methods for preparing tomatoes.

Then when you have your tomatoes prepared and ready for the canner, learn how to can a plain unseasoned tomato sauce.  Ready for any recipe.  

If you are making tomato sauce I'd suggest you use Roma Tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are meatier than other tomatoes. They work great when preserving tomato sauce, salsa, spaghetti sauce, ketchup and more.

Another variety great for canning are Marzano Tomatoes.  I'm trying them out in my own garden this year.  I'll update and let you know what I think! 

Every year I plant several varieties in our garden. Last year I planted some yellow just for fun. I had some space left over in my garden and decided to try something new.

I always include one each of the prolific cherry tomato and pear tomato, just for my boys. These are for eating fresh whenever they want.  My son eats them straight from the bush. He loves grazing through the tomato bushes as much as the raspberry bushes.... well almost.

Don't have room for a garden? Don't forget the CSA's and farmers markets.

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