Canning whole tomatoes with fresh garlic and basil brings a completely new concept to home canned tomatoes.
During the summer months we put up quite a bit of tomato products, and quite a bit can’t even begin to describe how much we actual put away for the winter months. Honestly, prior to learning how to can I had no idea of how much tomato products we actually used throughout the year. We have since made it a goal that by the end of summer our pantry should be bursting with spaghetti and chili sauce, salsa, whole, crushed, stewed tomatoes and an amazing Bloody Mary mix. Let me cut to the chase, our Bloody Mary mix is made with the left over juices and scraps from the salsa we put up. Yep, it’s that easy!
There’s really nothing to putting up this recipe, and the flavor combination is fabulous! We love to use Roma tomatoes for this project, but any variety of tomato will do. You need to keep in mind that the key to producing a product with amazing flavor is selecting the freshest produce, for us it was utilizing garlic and basil from our garden.
Start by blanching and peeling your tomatoes, making sure to save the peels to make tomato powder! Placing an X on the blossom side of the fruit will help in the peeling process.
Your next step will be to fill the jars by layering the tomatoes, garlic and basil. I add about 6 cloves of garlic and a small handful of basil to each jar leaving a 1 inch headspace. Once the jars are full, add 2 tablespoon of lemon juice per quart and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, I only like to add about a pinch of sea salt.
Your final step is going to be to fill each jar with boiling water and remove any air bubbles, top off the jar if needed. Enjoy it you all!
I chose to hot water bath (I actually used my steam canner) this canning recipe for 45 minutes. If you are worried that this is not a safe method for canning, visit the National Center For Home Food Preservation’s website for suggested pressure canning time and PSI.
When you open a jar I suggest you inhale deeply. The smell of tomatoes, garlic and basil will fill your senses and leave you wishing you had put up more jars than you did.