Tomato Canning Recipes15. July 2020
If you’re lucky, your garden is knee-deep in tomatoes by now. Or if you’re fortunate, you have a very special relative who does all the hard work in the garden and blesses you with the veggie overflow. Either way, if you have an abundance of tomatoes, you may want to put them up for storage. The best way to preserve your harvest is canning, dehydrating, or freezing. Canning is my preferred method since I have limited freezer space. I put together a big ‘ol list of tomato canning recipes. Browse the recipe list below for salsa, jam, and sauce recipes. I note whether the recipe is for water bath or pressure canning methods. There are also a handful of dehydrating recipes too. Enjoy!
Tomato Sauces & PastesDiced tomatoes and sauce are staples in my pantry. They are versatile and can be used as a base for so many recipes. Add them to chili or make into other sauces.
- Basic Tomato Sauce (Water Bath Method or Freezing)
- Heirloom Tomato Sauce (Water Bath Method)
- The Best Spaghetti Sauce (Pressure Canning Method)
- Roasted Grape Tomato Pizza Sauce (Water Bath Method)
- Pizza Sauce (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Homemade Pasta Sauce (Water Bath Method)
- Roasted Rustic Pasta Sauce (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Homemade Tomato Paste (Water Bath Method or Freezing)
- Roasted Tomato Paste (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Smoky Sweet Barbecue Sauce (Water Bath Method)
- Homemade Barbecue Sauce (Water Bath Method)
- Enchilada Sauce (Pressure Canning Method)
- Sloppy Joe Starter (Water Bath Method)
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Many store-bought sloppy joe sauces have corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup in the ingredients. My husband cannot eat corn byproducts, so it’s always been a chore to track down the one variety that is free from that nasty ingredient. This Sloppy Joe Starter recipe is easy to make and tastes great. It does NOT contain meat, therefore it can be water bath canned. I can this recipe in small 4-oz jars which are perfect for 2 sandwiches.
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Salsa Canning RecipesThe first thing I ever canned was salsa. My husband LIVES off of salsa, and I was tired of him spending so much on the store bought stuff. I tried about a dozen salsa recipes and felt disappointed with the results. My husband was not pleased either. One day I was lamenting to my husband’s cousin about all the terrible salsa recipes I tried. And she proceeded to whip a jar of her salsa out of the fridge for a taste test. And it was THE BEST SALSA I ever tasted. And that’s saying something because I honestly didn’t even like salsa until I tried hers. So her hand-me-down recipe is my go-to recipe. But you know what they say about hand-me-down recipes? That’s right, you should be wary of anything that hasn’t been officially tested for safety. I had called my extension office to see if they could verify it for safety, but alas, they could not. They merely directed me to some already tested and approved recipes online. Sigh, some of them were ones I had already tried. Ugh.
So I was beyond excited when I finally came across MY FAVORITE SALSA CANNING RECIPE with a declaration that it was in fact SAFE for canning. This salsa recipe was created by someone named Annie who took her recipe to the Extension Office for testing many years ago. Yea Annie!!! You can get her recipe on Proverbs Thirty One Woman website. You are able to safely make a few modifications to this recipe to suit your tastes. I omit the cilantro, use less jalapeño peppers, and use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
- Annie's Salsa (Water Bath Method)
- Basic Tomato Salsa (Water Bath Method)
- Summer Means Salsa (Fermentation Method)
- Fermented Tomato Salsa (Fermentation Method)
- Home Canned Salsa with Lime Juice (Water Bath Method)
- Tomato Salsa (Water Bath Method)
- Black Bean & Corn Salsa (Pressure Canning Method)
- Spanish Salsa (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Corn and Cherry Tomato Salsa (Water Bath Method)
Tomato Jams & Preserves
While I prefer to can basic cubed tomatoes since they can be used for many recipes, it’s nice to try something new or ambitious. Tomato jam is one of those odd recipes that you either love or hate. When I first heard of tomato jam, I was told it was “adult ketchup.” OK, whatever that means. I’ve tried many tomato jam recipes, some are savory and others are sweet. Tomato jam is just one of those recipes I can’t quite make my mind up about though. It is tasty on grilled cheese sandwiches and grilled bread. It’s definitely worth a try if you have an abundance of cherry tomatoes on hand.
- Sungold Tomato and Maple Jam (Water Bath Method)
- Honey Tomato Jam (Water Bath Method)
- Tomato Bacon Jam (Refrigerator Only)
- Sweet and Tangy Tomato Jam (Water Bath Method)
- Tomato Preserves (Water Bath Method)
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Tomato Ketchup, Chutney, & Relish
Homemade ketchup is worth trying f you are overflowing with paste tomatoes. It takes quite a few tomatoes to make ketchup. Make gourmet burgers and hot dogs topped with fancy-pants tomato relish and homemade ketchup. You'll be the envy of your summer block parties and barbecues.
- Homemade small batch ketchup (Water Bath Method)
- Easy Crockpot Ketchup (Crockpot & Water Bath Method)
- Homemade Fermented Ketchup (Fermentation Method)
- Spicy Heirloom Tomato Chutney (Water Bath Method)
- Pickled Grape Tomatoes with Rosemary & Garlic (Water Bath Method)
- Bruschetta in a Jar (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Antipasto Relish (Water Bath Method)
- Red Hamburger Relish (Water Bath Method)
- Tomato Herbal Conserve (Refrigerator Only)
- Pico de Gallo (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
Tomatoes & Soups
Why avoid commercial canned soup? For the same reason you might want to avoid many canned goods. Store-bought soup is often laden with high-fructose corn syrup. Blarg! So make your own to put up and avoid the nasty ingredients.
- Basic Crushed Tomatoes (Water Bath Method)
- Home Canned Tomato Soup (Pressure Canning Method)
- Roasted Crushed Tomatoes (Water Bath Method)
- Stewed Tomatoes (Pressure Canning Method)
- Tomato Soup Concentrate for Canning (Water Bath Method)
- Vine-fresh Tomato Soup (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Zesty Tomato Soup (Pressure Canning Method)
A few seasons ago, I harvested all of my green tomatoes before the frost. I had never canned green tomatoes before, let alone eaten them. My mom always relished fried green tomatoes, but the smell of those always nauseated me. I thought the best way to preserve them would be to simply pickle them. In my experience, most pickled veggies taste like pickles! I use a basic pickling brine and add sliced garlic, yellow mustard seed, and dill. After canning a dozen jars of pickled tomatoes last year, I was still left with another bushel of green tomatoes. So then I canned chutney and relish which work well on hot dogs and burgers.
- Basic Pickled Green Tomatoes (Water Bath Method)
- 4 Ways to Pickled Green Tomatoes (Water Bath Method)
- Quick Pickled Green Tomatoes (Refrigerator Method)
- Green Tomato Relish (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Green Tomato Chutney (Water Bath Method)
- Green Tomato Salsa Verde (Water Bath Method)
- Green Tomato Salsa (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Green Tomato Marmalade (Water Bath Method)
- Green Tomato Pie Filling (Water Bath or Steam Canning Method)
- Green Tomato Ketchup (Water Bath Method)
- Mock Green Tomato Apple Crisp
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Last year, I got extra ambitious and tried a mock green tomato apple crisp. Yeah, that’s right. I made a green tomato dessert. I was hesitant at first, but the end result was delightful. The tomatoes were slightly chewy. Since they were baked with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, it tasted much like any sweet dessert. So if you’re tired of canning green tomatoes for condiments or pickles, try a sweet baked treat.
Last year I saved all of my tomato skins to make tomato powder. The skins dehydrate quickly. I ran them through my coffee grinder to turn them into powder. So what do you use tomato powder for? It is great for thickening tomato sauces or adding to seasoning mixes and marinades. Try shaking some over grilled pesto bread too. Yum!
- Tomato Powder
- Tomato Paste from Tomato Skins
- Herb Sun-Dried Tomatoes (Oven or Dehydrator Methods)
- Marinated Dehydrated Tomatoes
You'll be surprised how much tomato powder you end up with by just drying the skins. Next time you skin tomatoes, save them and add to your dehydrator or oven. Once dried, just grind them up into powder and store in a jar. You can easily incorporate tomato powder in many recipes. And you'll totally be tickled that you used every part of your 'mater for edible food stuffs! Woot!!
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What's your favorite way to preserve tomatoes? Do you have a recipe you make every year? Let us know in the comments below.