Sunday, September 12, 2010

Home Canned Tomato, Another Picutre Tutorial!

Today was tomato day, and what better way to celebrate than to make a tutorial for others who would like to try this themselves!

Here you will see my washed tomatoes, in my sink.

The very first step is to take the skins off. The best method of doing this is to dunk them in boiling water for 50 seconds. Once the 50 seconds are complete you will transfer them to a bowl of ice water. This will take some forethought if your freezer does not automatically keep ice in the dispenser ready for use.

Here you will see the tomatoes in the bowl of ice water. The ice melted, but for best results you want to keep the water as cold as possible. You can see one of my tomatoes is blemished, this can simply be cut off and discarded and the rest of the tomato can be used.

After cooling in the ice water for a minute, you can quarter the tomatoes, and the skin will fall right off.

Here you can see a giant bowl of skinned and quartered tomatoes. You can either leave them this size, or chop them into more manageable pieces, which ever you prefer.

I have now filled my jars with tomato pieces and added 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice to each jar to keep the Ph Levels where they need to be.

You will then fill the remaining space with clean boiling water, leave 1/2 inch head space.

On go the lids, and into the boiler for 45 minutes.

This is a very easy recipe, take a little time, but is great for a rainy afternoon when you want to learn how to can, or just polish up your skills.

Hope you can find this useful!

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