With all of the different ways to can tomatoes, it takes a little bit of planning to decide what recipes I want to use each year!
Of course, it all depends on what I already have on hand in my food storage, what children are still at home and/or will be coming home from college this year, how many people I plan to be feeding, etc.
Every family has their favorite ways of canning and serving tomatoes, and that’s a beautiful thing!
Heritage, family traditions and ethnicity determine the recipes that will be made for the family!
Tomatoes are a high-acid food and can be processed in a water-bath canner. However, to preserve nutritional value, there are some who will process them in a pressure-canner, for a shorter period of time. Both ways are acceptable, refer to the Ball Complete Book of Canning for processing times.
The type of tomatoes used will depend on what you’re planning to can.
For example, if you want to can sauce or paste, Roma or Amish paste are going to serve you well. They tend to be low moisture, have small seed pockets and high on flavor.
If you want to can whole, diced or crushed tomatoes, you’ll want to use something firm like Amish Paste, Atkinson, Bradley or San Marzano.
Our family is big into recipes that call for marinara sauce, like this Roasted Tomato Marinara sauce recipe that I make and can. It’s very thick and hearty!
I not only use Roma or Amish paste maters, but I keep the skin on. They add thickness and nutrition to the sauce and no one is the wiser.
People often ask if I’ve added meat to my sauce, that’s how hearty this sauce is!
While you’re making marinara sauce, why not take it one step further to make your own homemade pizza sauce??
While marinara sauce and pizza sauce differ somewhat in consistency, they contain most of the same ingredients so why not go for it while you have everything on your counter?
Homemade pizza is only as good as the pizza sauce you use! It’s totally worth the little bit of extra effort to thrill your family on Pizza night!
How to Make Barbeque Sauce
Why not make a beautiful and smokey barbeque sauce this year?
Think of all of the amazing recipes you could make!
You could also can up some of your sauce to use as gifts for the holidays!
Another way to enjoy tomatoes is to make them into juice.
Many folks start their day with a big glass of tomato juice and why not?
With a garden full of fresh, home-grown tomatoes, it’s simple and easy to make your own juice at home!
It’s full of vitamins like Vitamin A, C, K and many of the B vitamins, plus minerals like magnesium, copper and potassium!
Large, juicy tomatoes like Brandywine and Cherokee Purple, make fabulous juice.
Enjoy the harvest with all of these different, and amazing ways to can tomatoes!