Canning Tomatoes

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Total Time
20 mins
20 mins

You can use this recipe to can any amount. I sometimes do only 1 quart (if that's all the ripe tomatoes I have on hand). I have been making this recipe for almost 40 years and my Mother and Grandmother did it the same way for many, many years, and my Mother-in-law has been doing it this way for almost 70 years. While some folks advocate adding acids, I don't do this. I never have and never will put lemon juice in my tomatoes. I put a teaspoon of canning salt in each quart PERIOD. I have yet to "lose" a jar of tomatoes and nobody has ever gotten sick or died from them either. You can be assured that this recipe is tested, tried and true. [Editor's Note: recipe was updated to use cold pack method 6/27/03]

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  1. Dip tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds or so.
  2. Take out and immediately put into iced water.
  3. I fill one side of the sink with the ice water, use the other side to drain them.
  4. This helps to get the skins off.
  5. Remove core and skins and cut in half or if large tomato cut into quarters.
  6. pack them tightly into jars.
  7. Add one Teaspoon canning salt to each Quart.
  8. set in water bath and process for 30 minutes.
  9. let cool.