13 December, 2018

DIY canned tomatoes

Canned tomatoes can be used to prepare all kinds of soups and stews especially ‎during winter. And the best part is, anyone with an excess of ripe tomatoes can do it! ‎Keep reading to discover a “do it yourself” guide to the perfect homemade canned ‎tomatoes.

First step: boil the water

Boil a generous quantity of water in a large pot. While you do that, set up a bowl of ‎ice water near the pot. ‎

Step 2: prepare the tomatoes

Cut a small X at the bottom of each tomato. This will make them easier to peel ‎afterwards.‎

Step 3: cook the tomatoes

Put the tomatoes in the boiling water for 1 minute only. Then as you remove them, ‎place them Immediately in the ice water bowl. This will stop the cooking process.‎

Step 4: sterilize the jars

Bring water to a boil once again. Put the jars in a canning rack. Boil them for 10 ‎minutes then take them outside of the pot and on a cooling rack. Repeat the same ‎step with the lids.‎

Step 5: Process the tomatoes

Peel and process the tomatoes in a food processor such as Masterchef 5000 until you reach the desired consistency.

Step 6: can the tomatoes

Bring another generous quantity of water to a boil. Stuff the jars with processed ‎tomatoes, leaving around 2 cm of headspace at the top of each jar. Add around 1 ‎cm of boiling water to each jar, wipe the edges and firmly place the lids. :

Step 7: boil the stuffed jars

Place the jars in the canning wrack again, and lower them into the boiling water. ‎Cook for 45 minutes then place on a counter to dry. Be careful not to burn yourself. ‎Once the jars are dry and cool, store them, in a dark dry place until further use.‎