|1. Wash tomatoes in cold water. Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Place tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute (or until a crack appears).
Place lids in a small pot of water and place on low heat, DO NOT BOIL.
|2. Immediately remove tomatoes from boiling water and place into ice water for 1 minute.|
|3. Place the tomato on a cutting board and cut out the core of the tomato.|
|4. Remove skin from tomato and place into a quart size jar with 2 Tablespoons bottled lemon juice & 1 teaspoon salt. Gently push down on the tomatoes until the jar fills with juice.|
|5. Using a non metallic utensil remove air bubbles from the jar. Push the utensil down into the jar and then pull the top of the utensil in toward the center of the jar. Do this around the jar several times until all visible air bubbles are removed.|
|6. Check headspace and adjust accordingly, you should have ½ inch headspace.Using a clean towel remove any liquid or food from the rim of the jar prior to placing the lid on the jar.
|7. Using a magnetic wand, grab lid from warm water and place on jar. Place the band on top of the jar and lid.|
|8. When screwing the band on the jar be sure to have it finger tight. Having your band to tight can cause your lids to buckle and having your bands to loose can cause liquid to escape during processing.|
|9. Place jar in canner with water already at desired mark. Process jars according to your manual. Once processing time is complete turn off the burner, and remove from heat source.|
|10. Use a jar lifter to lift the jars from the canner and place onto a towel leaving 1 inch of space around the jars to allow for cooling. Do not disturb jars for at least 12-24 hours. Check lids to ensure proper seal, you should not be able to flex the lid up & down. If jars did not process correctly you can reprocess them within 24 hours of the first process, or place jars in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor!
TIP: Tomato products can be canned using the pressure canning or boiling water canning method. However it is suggest for tomato products to have the best taste that they be processed using the pressure canning method. You decide which works best for you.
If you are new to canning please be sure to read your instruction manuals carefully before beginning. Canning can seem intimidating at first but once you’ve done it a few times you will begin to love it!
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