Make Your Own Canned Tomatoes in 3 Easy Steps & Preserve Them Fresh for Longer

Tomatoes are very delicious with a savory taste and because of that many dishes have them in their content. But, there is nothing like fresh and ripe tomatoes and what if you can always have them available. That can be very possible if you plant them in your garden.

Not to mention the fact that home grown tomatoes always taste better than the bought ones, and plus you can consume them whole year round if you can them.

Canning is really easy to do at home, and in this way you can enjoy your own tomatoes, which believe us even when canned taste much better than the ones sold in stores. Plus, homemade canned tomatoes are with higher quality and flavor.

Here it is how you can do the canning by yourself:

Needed Things and Ingredients:

  • Several ripe tomatoes
  • 2 large pots
  • Canning jars and lids
  • Canning tongs
  • Funnel and ladle

Note that the activity of canning is really quick; therefore make sure to have the needed materials on hand.

You can enhance the flavor of your tomatoes by including cooked red peppers and onions, or fresh herbs like basil and oregano.

Preparation of the Tomatoes:

You need to blanch the tomatoes, and for that purpose you should boil the tomatoes and thus remove their skins. In order to do it quickly, make a shallow cross-cut on the top of the tomatoes and boil them till the skins are getting peeled by themselves.

During the boiling process, you can include the peepers, onions and herbs. Once the tomatoes get diced up along with the vegetables, the canning can be done.


In the first large pot boil some water, and in the other pour cool water. In the pint-sized jars add half a teaspoon of salt, and if you use quart-sized jars add a teaspoon of salt. Salt is a natural preservative and it will keep the tomatoes fresh.

Fill the jars by using a funnel and ladle, after that wipe off the rim of the jar in order to make certain that it is fully sealed. Then put the lid, and screw the band tightly.

Put the jar in the pot with boiling water, but there should be at least 1 inch of water between the jar and the surface of the water. If you use pints leave them for 40 minutes and in the case of quarts leave them for 45 minutes.

After this period of time, use the tongs to remove the cans, and then place them into the pot filled with cool/room temperature water.

That’s it! Now you can use your own canned tomatoes whenever you want.

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