How to Preserve Tomatoes With a Hot Water Bath

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Homegrown tomatoes are a fresh and tasty treat after tending a garden all summer. Tomato plants often yield many more tomatoes than one family can eat. Preserve your tomatoes and enjoy the fresh-from-the-garden taste year round. A hot water bath is an easy way to preserve tomatoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Tomatoes
  • Water
  • Sterilized jars
  • Rings and lids
  • Large pot
  • Canner
  • Rack
  • Bottle tongs
  • Towel
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill the sink with ice water.

  • Put tomatoes into the hot water for 30 seconds. Carefully remove tomatoes and place immediately in the ice water. Slide the skins from the tomatoes.

  • Core tomatoes. Slice, chop or leave the tomatoes whole.

  • Put prepared tomatoes into clean, chip free jars. Leave a half inch of space at the top of the jar.

  • Fill the jars with hot water or tomato juice. Clean the mouth of the jar, and tightly screw the lids on.

  • Bring water to a boil in the canner. Place jars in the rack and lower them into the water. Cover and process quart jars for 40 minutes and pints for 35 minutes.

  • Carefully remove jars from the canner. Set jars on a towel covered counter top. Let jars set overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • After jars have set for 24 hours, press the lid to check for a seal. The lid should not bounce back.
  • Run a knife or rubber spatula around the inside of the tomato filled jar to remove air bubbles.
  • Keep processed jars away from drafts.
  • Do not tip jars or turn them upside down.

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