Canned Fresh Tomatoes

"No more store-bought canned tomatoes--have fresh ones all year round."
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7 quarts




  • Peel the tomatoes by dropping them in boiling water for 15 seconds. Core each tomato and leave it whole.
  • Put salt, sugar, and lemon juice into hot jars. Pack the tomatoes tightly into the jars. you should have plenty of juice to cover the tomatoes by pressing them down.
  • Remove the air bubbles and clean the rim of the jars. Seal and process in water bath for 45 minutes.

Questions & Replies

  1. I notice the recipe says 7 tsp each of salt n sugar ( 1 for each quart) then it says 2 Tbs lemon juice .... is that per quart or 2 Tbl divided into each qt
  2. Do we tighten the lids or keep them slightly loose during the 45 min bath?


  1. Can the tomatoes be diced instead of putting them in whole?
  2. Super! I've been doing this for several years now. The only change I make is that instead of squishing the tomatoes, I pour boiling water over them to fill the jars. This leaves the tomatoes nice and plump when you open the jars. Thanks for posting!
  3. My recipe is pretty much the same as yours, but I do not push the tomatoes down so much to make the juice in the jar. I pack them loosely in the jar and then I pour hot tomato juice over to 1/2 in. head space. I only process in water bath for 22 min. NOTE:I only use home made tomato juice.
  4. I grow hundred of tomatoes every summer and this was a great was to conserve the ones I couldn't use right away. I found that I didn't get enough natural juices to fill the entire jar. Swishing the tomatoes as they went into the jar helped, but I did have to top a few of the jars with water. I used a pint in some homemade chili, and the were great! Thanks!
  5. Pardon my ignorance, but at my age - 75 I have to admit I've never canned! What is "process in a water bath"


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