Whether you have a surplus of tomatoes from your home garden, hit the jackpot at a weekly grocery sale, or simply want to ensure you know exactly where your tomato juice is coming from, home canning can be a fantastic option.
Believe it or not, with the right equipment, canning tomato juice is actually pretty simple!
To start, you’ll need the following:
- Lemon Juice
- Jar Funnel
- Jar Grabber
- 20 Quart Pot
- Pressure Canner
- Jars, Lids, Rings
Most of these products are readily available at larger grocery stores, mass retailers, and kitchen specialty stores. If for some reason you cannot find these items in your area, they’re also available online.
Directions for Canning Tomato Juice
Start by washing the jars in your dishwasher or sanitizing them in a large pot of boiling water (the jars will have directions for how to do this). While you wait, wash each tomato thoroughly, removing any stems or bruised areas, and soak the lids in very hot (yet not boiling) water for 6 minutes. Keep them somewhere clean and warm until you’re ready to use them.
Chop your tomatoes and place them in a large pot, bringing everything up to a boil. Mash the tomatoes up, letting everything simmer for five minutes. Juice your tomatoes, and then run them through a sieve to remove any stray skin or seeds. Pour the juice back into the pot, and heat it back up to a simmer.
Add a small amount of salt and lemon juice to each empty jar, and then add the tomato juice, ensuring there is a 1/2-inch of empty space at the top. Plop the lids on each jar and process them according to manufacturer directions using your pressure canner.
One afternoon of canning tomato juice is pretty straightforward with the right equipment!
Tomato juice can also be enjoyed freshly made from a juicer, which is an entirely different way to enjoy tomato juice. Fresh tomato juice from a juicer has a more watery texture and very unique and tasty in it’s own right. You can combine raw tomato juice with many vegetable juice recipes.