Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Canning Tomatoes

Easy Tomato Canning Method

This the easiest method of canning tomatoes, I know. Start by reading Canning Made Simple, here on this blog.

What you will need:

20 Medium to Large Tomatoes
2 Quart Jars with lids and rings
Oven Mitts

Take a large microwave safe bowl and pour in water up to 1/2 full. Float, stem side up, as many tomatoes as will fit without crowding. Stick in microwave for 15 to 20 minutes. When tested, you want the skin to wrinkle when touched.

Place bowl in sink and pour hot water off tomatoes. Now, run cold water over them.

Note:  be careful with the next step because the tomatoes will still be extremely hot.

You will need a clean microwave safe bowl and a trash bowl. Over the trash bowl, cut top out of tomato and discard. Over the clean bowl, hold the tomato, top side down and squeeze. The peel should be in your hand, and the tomato in the bowl.

Continue these steps until all your tomatoes are peeled.

Now, for the fun part. You will either need to use a potato masher or your hands, for this step. All the tomatoes need to be mashed, without any large lumps.

When your tomatoes are mashed, stick them in the microwave for 20 minutes. When the microwave stops, stir and restart for another 20 minutes. You will continue this process 4 times, for a total of 140 minutes.

After your second time stirring tomatoes, start the dishwasher with your jars, lids and rings inside. Your tomatoes will have cooked for 2, 20 minutes sessions and still needs to go for another 2, 20 minute sessions. The dishwasher should be in the drying mode when your tomatoes finish cooking.

When your tomatoes finish cooking and the dishwasher is about finished with the drying mode, you can start filling your jars. Take one jar out at a time, and using a ladle, fill up to 1/2" from the top. Using a clean paper towel, wipe any residue off rim of jar. Now, take a ring and lid from the dishwasher and seal the jar. Fill the next jar the same way.

If you have any tomatoes left over, but not enough to fill a jar, place it in a container and use for dinner. You can not can partial jars. They will not seal.

Do not push on tops. Allow to seal on its own. Store in cool dry place.

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