Thursday 25 August 2016

Bottling Tomatoes

 The past few days tomatoes have been ripening up and every couple of days I have picked a couple of pound
 Mainly the big beefeater ones at long last.
I had to get something done with them, the small tomatoes we happily eat in salads or Martin just eats on the go.
I had a couple of pound of plum tomatoes as well that I managed to harvest before I lost them to blight.
 I want to show you how easy it is to bottle tomatoes safely without any fancy equipment.
 Firstly the tomatoes have to be skinned, dropped the tomatoes into boiling water when the skin splits drop them into cold water the skin slips off easily, I chopped up the tomatoes because they were big ones.
 This is the hot pack method, pop the tomatoes into a saucepan and cover with boiling water, simmer for 5 mins
have your jars sterilised and lids 
spoon your tomatoes into the jars leaving a head space of at least half an inch, add quarter a teaspoon of citric acid or 1tbsp of lemon juice to each jar,
 wipe the rim and put on the lids
 have a deep pan of boiling water ready, pop the jars into the pan,
make sure they are covered with water 
Boil for 40 mins, keep an eye on the water level.
 as it was a hot day, I did mine outside on my portable stove, these little gas stoves are brilliant.
once the tomatoes are done lift them out, stand the hot jars on a tea towel and leave to cool, as the cool the lids pull in creating a vacuum seal,
that's all there is to it, 
they will keep for years providing the seal isn't broken,
These tomatoes are the same as the ones you get in a tin.  
Next I have to get some french beans canned they are coming along thick and fast now
Every few days I am picking this amount, the purple ones are more productive than the green, its a shame they turn green when you cook them.
This batch I popped into the freezer
 simply just cut up into a zip lock bag and into the freezer
 I like the Ikea zip lock bags, you get two different sizes in each box
and they have a double zip seal, they are suitable for freezing, can be washed and re-used many times, and they are an excellent price.
Freezing is OK but I don't want to fill the freezer with veg harvests knowing we need the space for up and coming meat.
The next lot of beans I will be canning.
October 25th Monday 1982
Washed Calendines bottom, had breakfast.
Took pick up to have wiring sorted out, dead short to brakes?
keeps blowing fuses for horn, lights washers etc.
Wrote to mother about Molly picking up Prince.
Douglas had exhaust seen to.
Bill for pick up £33.43, Molly and Douglas left about 4-30pm.
Collected headboards for the beds.
Washed floors, swept through and brushed mats, Did ironing and washing, got tea.
John shifted more machinery from top field.
Coates phoned wanting £1.35 per bale for hay not £1 as originally agreed.


  1. I canned food for the first time ever last summer! I put up a green tomato salsa, a green tomato Indian chutney, red tomato salsa, and passata. I also did pickled onions and pickled beetroots and froze runner beans and froze several batches of cooked puréed tomatoes, one lot roasted. It was so much fun...but very time consuming lol I can't wait to do the same next summer :)

  2. Oh that my beef tomatoes had grown, so very disappointed in them. Will try harder next year. Purple beans look fab but yes a shame they go to green when you cook them. We used to shop at Ikea in Warrington a lot before we moved here, really miss it for useful things like bags and jars.

  3. How fab to have your own bottled tomatoes to use instead of tinned ones. I don't mind tinned ones but I bet the bottled ones taste so much nicer-x-

  4. My tomatoes were a flop this year but the purple beans have done very well, I have frozen some but mostly I put peas in the freezer, they did very well this year.

  5. Thanks for the tomato recipe I think I'll be doing that and the tip about the Ikea bags.

  6. Should have said, I love the fact you were doing your bottling outside.

  7. I love the idea of bottling your own tomatoes, we get through so many tins of the chopped ones and you make it sound so simple, I shall definitely give it a try next year xx

  8. I must say this looks a good and also easy method with tomatoes. Sadly we no longer have a greenhouse, or even a vaggie garden, so buy all our veggies in - but at least they are from an absolutely excellent market.

  9. Just about everything in my garden flopped this year. We are getting some peppers though. Those are getting hung to dry.

  10. I'm a novice at bottling. I knew one could bottle fruit and tomatoes without a canner so I'm looking forward to hearing how you do beans : )

  11. I think it's a tablespoon of lemon juice or a quarter of a teaspoon of citric acid per pint of tomatoes? Check because the acidity is important to prevent bacterial growth. Ros

    1. Yes your right Typo error 1/4 tsp of citric acid or 1 tbsp of lemon juice :-)


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