Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I leave them in there for a couple of minutes so they get soft and then drain off the water and place them in a food mill with a pan underneath to catch the juice. From there it takes some elbow grease to turn the food mill until there is nothing left but seeds and skins.
Lastly I place my warm jars in the canner. (Remember it's important to keep jars and juice warm so they won't crack when placing them in the canner.) Once they are all in and the water is boiling I place the lid on the canner.
Once the jars are out, I turn the heat back on the canner and sometimes add some more water to it, and then get the next batch going. Doing multiple batches does take some timing because you don't want your jars to get cool waiting on the water to heat up. At times when I am doing a lot I have 2 canners that I get going and try to alternate when they have jars inside them so there is always one batch ready to go.
Listen for your jars to pop so you know they have completely sealed. And don't be surprised if your juice starts to separate. That is normal and whenever you are ready to use your juice shake it up before you open the jar.
My tips for canning tomato juice is wear old clothes as there is a good chance at some point you are going to get some juice on you and it is hard to get out sometimes. Also select varieties of tomatoes that are juicy and not meaty. I try to keep the meatier tomatoes for sauce or salsa.
For more canning tips head on over to Jen's Blog; From Mess Hall to Bistro, and while you are there don't forget to sign up for our give-a-ways as there are lots of kitchen and canning items you won't want to miss.
If you are interested in learning more about canning check out our facebook page where you can post and find recipes, ask questions and meet other canners.
And if you are a canner feel free to link up to our Canning Week Linky Party and share what you know and how you can. The linky is open till 4 pm Friday, August 27th and we are excited to announce that we will be having a guest judge for our linky party.....Jane from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms will look for the post with the most descriptive explanation, good pictures and entertaining read and that blogger will win a copy of her cook book "Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms."
All winners will be announced on Saturday, August 28th.
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