Canning Tomatoes Recipes

with Sharon Peterson

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Do you love tomatoes fresh from the garden? This collection of canning tomatoes recipes will get you started preserving the harvest. 

I love canning tomatoes to use in salsa, soups, and spaghetti sauces.

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. 


Canning Tomatoes: I gotta get them off my counter!
Jars of home-canned 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. 

More jars of home-canned tomatoes.

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.

Pouring tomato juice from pitcher.

My Favorite Canning Tomatoes Tip  

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

Spaghetti sauce in a pressure canner.

Spaghetti Sauce (with meat)

~ OR ~ 

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.  

Jars of stewed tomatoes.

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 and add some potatoes, onions, and carrots for an easy meal.

Peeling Roma tomatoes.

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.  

Canning jars of tomatoes in a canner.

Making Homemade Ketchup from Canned Tomatoes.

A great way to use up canned tomatoes is to make ketchup! The possibilities are limitless.

Canning jars of tomatoes.

Three Tips for Home Canning Tomatoes

It's tomato season, so it's time to learn about home canning tomatoes. Because when your tomatoes get ripe, you’ve got a counter full of tomatoes that must be processed ASAP, before they spoil. 

Fresh tomato soup in bowl with cheese and toast to the side.

Tomato Soup Recipe

Learn how to make this quick, easy, creamy tomato soup using home-canned tomatoes!


Growing Tomato Heaven

Large, fresh-picked tomatoes.

Learn to grow the best crop of garden tomatoes on the block with this course by my gardener friend Rick Stone.  

Click here for Growing Tomato Heaven.

This course is designed to give you the skills you need to be successful your first time or your 50th time planting tomatoes. 

Rick makes his courses fun and informative. 

Canning Tomatoes Recipes


I get asked a lot about what kind of tomatoes are good for canning. 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 Italian Paste 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. 

I hope you enjoy these canning tomatoes recipes!

Jars of tomatoes.
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