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Marys Nest Crushed Tomatoes Recipe
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Canning Crushed Tomatoes

With the foolproof tips and tricks I share, you'll be canning tomatoes like a pro in no time!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Canning Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Canning, Pantry Staples
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Canning, Crushed Tomatoes, Home Canning, Tomatoes, Water Bath Canning
Servings: 5 Jars


  • 8-9 pounds Tomatoes You will want to have a total of 12 cups of chopped tomatoes.
  • 6-7 tablespoons Bottled lemon juice MUST be bottled lemon juice. DO NOT use fresh lemon juice.
  • 6-7 Pint-sized wide mouth canning jars
  • 6-7 Wide mouth canning lids MUST be new lids
  • 6-7 Wide mouth canning rings


  • Prepare your canner, jars, and lids. (See video.)
  • Place a large stainless steel or enabled cast iron pot on the stove. You will be cooking the chopped tomatoes in the pot. Do not use an aluminum pot as it will react with the acid in the tomatoes and create an "off" flavor.
  • Next, place a small stockpot on the stove filled to 3/4 full and bring water up to a soft boil (a high simmer).
  • Next, fill a large bowl 3/4 full with ice water.
  • Working in batches, put 4-6 tomatoes at a time into the stockpot with the soft boiling water for 30-60 seconds until the skins split.
  • Remove tomatoes using a strainer and plunge the tomatoes into the ice water bath. Leave the tomatoes in the ice water bath for approximately 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, remove tomatoes and slip off the skins.
  • Working with one tomato at a time, remove the stem end of the tomato. If you want, you can remove the entire core of the tomato as well. Once the stem end is removed, chop the tomato and transfer the chopped pieces into the large pot on the stove. Turn on heat to low and allow tomatoes to simmer while you continue to work through preparing all the tomatoes and transferring them to the pot.
  • Once all the chopped tomatoes are in the pot, bring the tomatoes up to a boil and remain boiling for 5 minutes, stirring and crushing the tomatoes.
  • After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove and place the pot on a heatproof surface close to the canner.
  • Working with one jar at a time, remove the first jar from your canner, and drain the water from the jar. Check the jar for nicks using a clean paper towel tipped in vinegar. Next, fill the jar with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and then place a funnel over the jar and ladle in the crushed tomatoes up to a 1/2 inch headspace. Use a remove any bubbles or air pockets from the filled jar using a debubbler device or another similar tool, such as a knife. Check again for proper headspace and add additional tomatoes if needed. Next, take a clean paper towel dipped in vinegar, and run it over the rim of the jar to make sure it is clean.
  • Place a lid on the jar, put a ring on the jar, and then tighten the ring to "finger-tip-tight." (See video.) Using a jar lifter, lift the jar and place it down into your canner onto the submerged rack. The jar should be covered with 1-2 inches of water.
  • Boil pint-sized jars for 35 minutes. (If you use quart-sized jars, they will need to be boiled for 45 minutes.) Do not begin timing the 35 minutes until the water comes up to a boil.
  • After 35 minutes, turn off the heat and carefully remove the lid of the canner. Allow the jars to rest in the canner for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the jars using a jar lifter and place the jars on a cushioned surface, such as a counter that's lined with a thick dishtowel.
  • Allow the jars to cool for 24 hours. Next, remove the rings and check that the lids are sealed tightly to the jars. Store the jars in your pantry based on manufacturer's suggestions. (Most Ball brand lids guarantee that food canned using their lids will stay shelf stable for 18 months.)



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