Canning Tomatoes

Canning tomatoes in a basketGive canning some fresh tomatoes a try this year. In the middle of winter, you can use the tomatoes to make spaghetti sauce, lasagna, chili, or other tomato-based meals for that fresh garden taste.

Quick facts

  • Select disease-free, preferably vine-ripened, firm tomatoes for canning. Avoid overripe tomatoes.
  • To ensure safe acidity in whole, crushed or juiced tomatoes, add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes.
  • Freezing is a safe, easy alternative to home canning. Frozen tomatoes and tomato products do not need added acid.

To learn more about the tomatoes we grow at Dentz Orchards and Berry Farm see Tomatoes.