Friday, August 21, 2015
Canning Tomatoes from the garden
Canning tomatoes is not as straight forward as when I was a kid, ohhhhh so many years ago. One reason is that newer tomato types are not as high in natural acid. This can be remedied by adding acid to the jar, putting you back to where you want things to be, for water bath canning.
But, I have a glass top stove and the traditional water bath canner with the circular groves in the bottom, does not work well on a glass top stove. I also have a pressure canner and while I know that you don't have to can tomatoes in a pressure canner, there is no rule you cannot.....
So today we canned tomatoes in the pressure canner. This is a real act of faith on my part. My own dear mother was scared to death of a pressure canner. She owned them, she never used them. I have used them so little myself, that I decided it was time enough to get comfortable and let go of the old thoughts about pressure cooker and canners. You know the urban myth about them just blowing up for no reason what so ever.....
Keep in mind this is a process more than a recipe, because exact measurements are hard to come by when processing produce from your own garden. Also don't be intimidated about canning, folks have been canning and eating what they can for decades. It is a skill, yes. But not one that cannot be learned, and it will provide your family with wonderful foods to enjoy and a great deal of pride for that special one that does the canning!
5% white vinegar
pint canning jars, rings and dome lids
Wash tomatoes, remove the stem and dice (you may slip the peel* if you desire, I left it on).
Carefully spoon into jars, packing lightly.
To the top of each jar with 1 T white vinegar and 1 t sea salt.
Add boiling water to cover. leaving 1/2 inch head space.
Wipe top of jar, attach dome and ring. Screwing on firmly but not tight.
Add jars to the Pressure canner, secure lid and bring pressure up to 11 pounds. Process for 10 full minutes. Remove canner (do not open) from flame and let pressure drop naturally. When pressure has dropped, open and remove jars.
Verify that jars are sealed. Wipe with a damp cloth, remove ring and label the dome lid for contents in the jar and date of processing.
You might enjoy a jar of these tomatoes in this recipe for Stovetop Cabbage Rolls.
* to slip the peel, drop whole tomatoes into boiling water, let stand one minute, drain and slip the peel right off the tomato.
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