It's getting to be my favorite time of year!!!! The garden is planted and the tomato plants are blooming. Soon, we will be enjoying fresh red tomatoes from the back yard. When the harvest becomes too much to eat during our normal meals. I collect a big bucket of tomatoes and begin the canning process. The first step is to let the tomato ripe to a bright red color by placing on a table in the shade. I use my table in my garage for this task. When the tomatoes are ripe, I wash them in the sink in cold water. Next step is to cut tomatoes in quarters and place in large cooker and cook tomatoes until soft. Run the tomatoes thru a food colander to remove the seeds and skins. Take the liquid portion and put in cooker and heat until boiling. Add water if the juice is too thick for your liking. While the tomatoes are cooking, prepare your jars for the canning process. Sterilize your jars and keep them hot until ready to use. Once tomato juice is hot and boiling. Fill your jars with juice and add one teaspoon of salt per quart jar. To process the juice, use hot boiling bath and boil quart jars for 45 minutes. After process is complete, remove jars from bath and the jar lids should seal. If jar do not seal, refrigerate and use within a few days. Tomato juice is great to have to drink and use in cooking soups and other entrees.
They are many other items to can from the garden but tomato juice is one of my favorites.