This week I got to pick and process our first tomatoes of the season. We didnt grow a garden this year, but we at least had to grow some tomatoes. I will walk you through the easiest process I know to process them to save or go ahead and can.
First I washed all tomatoes and let them dry. I got an assembly line going. You can go ahead and get you a dish pan and start heating up some water on stove. While my water was heating up I got my trash can ready and cored them. I do not peel them yet. I took them over to my stove. I stared putting them into the hot water gently. Only for a few seconds enough to loosen skin. Then I remove them from the hot water and immediately put them into cold water. I take them out and put on a cookie sheet to cool and then I peel off skins. I then put them into ziploc bags to save for making spaghetti sauce and salsa. When it is time to make spaghetti sauce I will take out bags and let them defrost, drain and I will cook them down with my seasonings. Then I will ladel into jars and process in a water bath.
If you want to go ahead and process whole tomatoes in jars after you peel them, you just put them into jars whole or crushed and process in a water bath. Make sure jars are fully submerged past lids in water. Process for 45 minutes I think. You can google that just to make sure. Then remove from water canner and let cool and you should start hearing……POPS then youll know jars are sealed. Wholah! Hope you enjoy them.