tomato canning day

tomatoes

Canning day is a good day to me for many reasons.  Aside from the practical, it’s just fun and rewarding and pretty simple ~ if I follow the directions all is well.

Rather than copy and paste all the steps, I’ll say click on over to pickyourown.org where she kindly provides amazing instructions and pictures.

Basically I sanitize the jars in the dishwasher, and while that’s going I get the big water canner on the heat.

In a medium stock pot I drop the tomatoes into boiling water until their skins pop, about a minute or so.

canning tomatoes

Then it’s into an ice water bath so the skins are easily peeled off and the tomatoes are ready to be halved or quartered.

tomatoes for canning

Once they’re all in jars it’s important to add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice per quart-jar, to ensure there is enough acid for the water bath canning method I used.  Add boiling water to jars of tomatoes, filling to 1/2 inch of top ~ then use a plastic spatula handle to release trapped air {important step, see recipe above for details}.

After lids and bands are on, it’s 45 minutes in the boiling water bath.  Then I carefully lift them out with a jar lifter and set them on a tea towel overnight.  The next day the lids should be dented down, concave, which says the jar is sealed.

canning tomatoes

All done and ready for the pantry!

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8 comments on “tomato canning day

  1. salpal1 says:

    lovely write up on a simple, satisfying activity. I too love canning tomatoes and making jelly. It makes me feel less reliant on corporate farming, and looks great in the pantry!

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