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.
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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.
This tip doesn't really save much time... but it is a definite labor saving method.
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.
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.
A great way to use up canned tomatoes is to make ketchup! The possibilities are limitless.
Learn to grow the best crop of garden tomatoes on the block with this course by my gardener friend Rick Stone.
This course is designed to give you the skills you need to be successful your first time or your 50th time planting tomatoes.
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I get asked a lot 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.