August is one of my favorite months because some of my favorite vegetables are in season … sweet corn, green beans, and tomatoes! We grow our own tomatoes and I buy the rest at the local farm market.
Then I get busy preserving them so I can enjoy their full flavor all year long (grocery store veggies aren’t quite as good). Today I’m going to share how to can crushed tomatoes so you can try it yourself.
It’s not as hard as you might think!
And it is oh-so-worth-it when you load your cupboard with food you’ve canned yourself.
The Roma Tomatoes at left in the back are from the farm market.
We only grew one plant of Romas this year and they’re not quite ripe yet.
For canning, be sure not to use tomatoes with bruises or bad spots.
I peel my tomatoes before canning them. Cut a small x on the bottom of the tomato with a good chef knife.
This will make it easier to peel them.
Drop the tomatoes in a sauce pot of boiling water for about 30-60 seconds.
The skins will start to split and soften making them easier to peel.
This also cools them so you can handle them easier.
Remove the green stem and then discard skins and stems.
Now it’s time to quickly stew them a bit and then crush them.
Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in large saute pan and add the tomatoes.
Boil for about 5 minutes, crushing them with a masher while they cook.
Fill sterilized 1-quart canning jars with the crushed tomatoes.
Leave 1-inch head space. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt to each jar.
Secure lids tightly onto each jar. I use wide-mouth jars – it’s easier to add contents to the jars.
Place jars in a canning pot filled with water.
(A plastic canning basket makes it easier to remove the jars from the boiling water.)
Remove jars from boiling water when time is up and let them cool on wire racks.
The top of the jar lids should be concave and not move when pressed with your finger.
If you have leftover crushed tomatoes that don’t completely fill a jar,
store them in a plastic container in the fridge and make soup or spaghetti sauce with it.
And that’s how to can crushed tomatoes.
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