Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bottling Tomatoes

I harvested these from my garden! This is more tomatoes than I have ever picked in a whole season from any plant I have ever grown. (yes, I am very excited!) My dear sweet neighbor gave me a bunch of tomatoes too, so I decided to try and bottle some of the beautiful tomatoes. It was not very hard. You basically clean them and cut any bad parts off. Then, you slip the skins, cut them to the desired size, cook them or pack them straight in the bottle, and then process them. This many tomatoes makes almost 5 quarts.
I decided to do diced/crushed tomatoes. I cooked them for a little while, then added 1/2 tsp. of Citric Acid to each quart. Then I boiling water bathed them for 55 minutes.
Oops! I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. I must have forgotten while processing them. Anyway, they turned out great! Hooray, another bottling experience under my belt. :)


  1. Those look great, Sara! I ate a LOT of bottle tomatoes growing up. LOVE them!

    A friend gave me a recipe for watermelon jam. She says she put it on pork roast and ham. She said it's very, VERY sweet.

    Do you want the recipe? If you try it, I want to know what you think, too!

  2. How are you feeling? I hope your doing great!

    The people we were sharing a garden space with planted about 20 (yes 20!!) tomato plants then ditched the garden. *SIGH* I know you understand with the Community garden, however if you know anyone that wants abandoned corn, tomatoes, squash, and peppers its ready to harvest.
    Thanks for the good idea on the tomatoes, I will need it!