One of the things I wanted to try this year was canning tomatoes. A few weeks ago, I tried canning tomato sauce for the first time…. and I found out the hard way how much work that is, whew!
When I was done, I was disappointed with the results so I did some research about canning tomatoes. I found a wonderful step-by-step blog post for Canning Whole Peeled Tomatoes on a blog called Food in Jars. After reading this post, it seemed like canning tomatoes would be much, much easier.
I followed the steps in this blog post almost exactly, the only thing I did different was to use my pressure canner to process the jars rather than my water bath canner. It sped up the processing time significantly.
|25 lbs of tomatoes waiting to be canned|
Ok, canning whole tomatoes is 100 times easier than canning tomato sauce! And the results are much more satisfying. I used about 25 lbs of tomatoes, and ended up with 9 quart jars of tomatoes. When I canned tomato sauce, I started with about the same amount of tomatoes, and ended up with only 4 quarts and 1 pint of sauce.
But there were still a lot of steps involved with canning whole tomatoes. (washing, coring, blanching, cooling, peeling. squishing, heating jars, boiling water in canner…etc) At first it was very chaotic, and I was rushing around trying to get all the steps timed out right.
|Cooling and peeling skins off tomatoes|
When I canned more the next day, I found it much easier to have all the tomatoes cored and ready to go before starting to blanch, cool and skin them. I also decided it would have been much easier if I had 4 arms! But once I had more of a routine down, it went much smoother.
|9 quart jars of tomatoes!! Woohoo!|
In the future, I think I will skip tomato sauce and can my tomatoes this way from now on.
By the way, can I just say I love my pressure canner. So far, I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it and it’s awesome! I’m very glad I splurged and bought one for myself this year.
More Posts About Canning Your Own Food
- Preparing Jars For Canning Your Own Food
- Food Canning Recipes For Preserving Food From Your Garden
- Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving
- Used Canning Equipment: How To Choose What’s Safe (and what’s not)
- Canning Green Beans
Have you ever canning whole tomatoes before? Share your tips in the comments section below.