Tomato Juice - Canning
Ok...Here's THE recipe for canning tomato juice that doesn't separate. Just like store bought tomato juice. The trick is to bring the juice to a rolling boil again AFTER you have run it through your food mill. I usually juice around 2-3 bushels of tomatoes per year. In order to get that 'Store Bought' consistency, mix your tomatoes 50/50 roma and regular. So I always buy a bushel of romas and a bushel of regular. This year we bought 2 bushels each and have lots of juice for the year. This recipe should yield around 15 quarts/litres in general.
- Ready In:
- 1 bushel tomatoes (half Roma and half regular)
- 15 teaspoons salt (I recommend some as salt is a preservative) (optional)
- Core and peel tomatoes (Often, the day before, I will wash and core the tomatoes and freeze them first. Then just dunk them in a sink full of hot water and the peel falls right off). UPDATE: This year I didn't even bother to peel them, just core them and continue. The peel will come out in step 4.
- Place the tomatoes in a large stock pot and as you fill it, bring them to a rolling boil, stirring regularly (They will burn if you don't). I usually squish the first few with a potato masher to cover the bottom of the stock pot with liquid in order to get the boiling process kick started.
- Sterilize your jars (I do this in the dishwasher).
- Once you have all your tomatoes in the stock pot and boiling up a storm, ladle them into your food mill and grind out the mixture into pots, scraping the good stuff off the sides of the cone into your juice.
- Throw out the remaining pulp and return the juice to the stock pot.
- Bring back to a rolling boil.
- Add salt. (I usually add 1 tsp to each litre/quart). This is optional of course.
- Pour into jars leaving 1/2 inch air space.
- Place jars into canner and boil for 25 minutes.
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This is exactly the way I do it, except that I add 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 tsp citric or tartaric acid per quart, and leave 1 inch headspace. Not having read this, I processed my quart jars in a boiling water bath for 30 minutes. It separated for sure!!! Half the jar was liquid and the pulp was right up to the lid, boiling out into the water bath from most jars. I tightened the lids even more on those jars, and all but one sealed, but before storing, I had to shake each jar to get the pulp mixed with the liquid, and it still separated to a certain extent after that. Can you see what I did to cause the separation that this recipe is supposed to prevent? How can I avoid losing so much of the pulp due to boil-over? I am toying with using larger jars and leaving about a cup of head space.
I love this recipe !! It makes canning delicious tomato juice so easy and my husband drinks a quart every couple of days. I have to hide some to use in recipes like soups and chili ! I added a dash of worchestire and a pinch of Nature's seasoning along with some carrots. I boiled the carrots with the whole tomatoes until they are soft and ran it all through the food mill. I added the seasoning during the second boil and place a 1/2 tsp of sea salt in each quart jar I filled. Processed them are 40 minutes in a canner pot and voila, delicious tomato juice and every jar sealed. It's September here in Minnesota and my tomatoes are going crazy before the first frost. This is a great way to use up those gems.