How To Can Tomato Sauce/Soup

This is a simple way to use up excess tomatoes from your garden or local farm market.

A versatile sauce well deserving of space on your pantry shelf that’s for sure. It can be heated up with a little cream, salt and pepper for a delicious Tomato Soup. Add cooked rice for Old-Fashioned Tomato Rice Soup. It makes a great base for Vegetable Soup too. Stir in browned ground beef and Italian seasonings and you have Meat Sauce. Cook it down a little to thicken, add oregano and you have Pizza Sauce. The possibilities are endless!

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Gather Canning Equipment:

  • Boiling Bath Canner, Rack, Lid
  • Jar Lifter
  • Canning Funnel
  • Magnetic Lid Wand
  • Kitchen Timer
  • 7 Quart Jars regular mouth, lids, and bands
  • 12 Quart Stock Pot
  • 8 Quart Stock Pot
  • 1 Quart Sauce Pot
  • 4 cup glass Measuring Cup
  • Metal Strainer
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Clean Dish Cloth
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Immersion Blender
  • Bowl for discarded seeds (Chickens love them)
  • Paring Knife and Cutting Board

Gather Ingredients:

  • 5 gallon bucket full of Tomatoes (Roma, pear-shaped paste tomatoes are best)
  • 4 large Onions, sliced
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice

Gather Family and Friends:

  • Canning is not difficult but can be time consuming.
  • Always much more fun done with company (Verdie was known to stop by to help Olivia Walton now and again).
  • Passing these skills down to the next generation will enable them to provide for their families.

Directions:

  • Heat 12 Quart Stock Pot for a few minutes. Add Oil. Add Onions. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Wash and quarter the tomatoes.
  • Add quartered tomatoes, skins and all to stock pot.
  • Cover. Simmer for one hour. Stir often.
  • Meanwhile, fill Canner half full with water. Add rack and lid. Bring to a simmer.
  • Fill the 1 quart sauce pot with water and bring to a simmer. Add lids. Don’t boil!
  • Blend with immersion blender on high till smooth.
  • Remove lid from canner. Raise the rack above the water level. Place jars on rack to keep hot.
  • You can also lower rack into the canner and immerse the jars to keep  them sterilized.
  • Place metal strainer over the 8 quart stock pot.
  • Using glass measuring cup, pour the hot liquid into metal strainer.
  • Use the rubber spatula to press the tomato sauce through the strainer.
  • Discard the seeds in a bowl.
  • Remove one canning jar from canner and place on a towel.
  • Place 2 Tablespoonfuls of Lemon Juice into the canning jar.
  • Using the glass measuring cup, pour the hot tomato sauce into the jar.
  • Leave ½” headspace. (The space between the jar contents and the top of the jar.)
  • Wipe the rim clean.
  • Using the magnetic wand remove a lid from simmering water and place it on the jar.
  • Twist on a band fingertip tight only.
  • Place on the rack in the canner.
  • Continue until all 7 jars are filled and in the canner.
  • Lower the rack if you haven’t done so.
  • The water must cover the jars by 1-2 inches. Add hot water if needed.
  • Cover the canner and bring to a full boil.
  • Reduce heat to maintain a gentle rolling boil.
  • Begin the process time. Set timer for 35 minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Remove lid and raise the rack.
  • Use jar lifter, remove jars and place on a heavy kitchen towel a few inches apart.
  • Let them sit untouched for 24 hours to cool and seal.
  • Check each jar to be sure it sealed by pressing center of lid. If it “clicks” it is NOT sealed. Refrigerate it and use it within a few days. The center of the lid should not move at all.
  • Remove bands and wash jars in soapy water.
  • Label the lid with contents and year.
  • Store on shelf in a cool dark place.

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