Canning Stewed Tomatoes Recipe using a Pressure Canner

Pressure canning stewed tomatoes is an excellent way of preserving tomatoes. This canned stewed tomatoes recipe is not only delicious but extremely easy to make. Home canned tomatoes are exceptional in flavor and do not have a metallic flavor. Once you begin canning, tomatoes store bought will no longer do!

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Preserving tomatoes is a necessity. Purchasing canned tomatoes from the market is an option, but why bother? The flavor found in home preserved tomatoes exceeds anything store bought. Also, canning stewed tomatoes at home allows for the recipe to be catered to your liking.

Add a minimal amount of spices, especially salt, and herbs to canned goods. The longer jars of food sits, the more the spices within the jar amplify in flavor. Additional herbs and spices can always be added once a jar has been opened.

There are a plethora of recipes which include canned tomatoes. Adding a jar of stewed tomatoes to these dishes will increase the flavor and the volume of food:

  • Omelets
  • Chili
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Mexican Rice
  • Hunters Rabbit

Preserving Tomatoes

Aside from canning stewed tomatoes, there are a plethora of other tomato products which need to be preserved. Here is a list of the items found in our pantry:

However, a good tomato pie or the basic tomato sandwich are delicious food items to make during the growing season.

Pressure Canning Stewed Tomatoes

Unlike other home preserved tomato items, canning stewed tomatoes requires the use of a pressure canner. The ingredients within this versatile food item are not high enough in acidity to use a hot water bath or steam canner.

Do not let the thought of a pressure canner intimidate you, this preserving tool is quite easy to use. Learning about a dial gauge pressure canning prior to preserving season will build your confidence quickly.

Equipment

Because the ingredients are low in acidity, this recipe must be pressure canned. The bell peppers, onions, celery, and tomatoes are preserved in water and are not pickled. Because of this a pressure canner is needed.

A pressure canner is an investment. Select a pressure canner that will do the necessary job based on the altitude at which you reside.

Ingredients

This recipe is very basic, containing very little salt, with the sugar being optional.

  • 25 large plum Tomatoes, blanched and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 cup Yellow Onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup Celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Salt, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar, option
  • Bottled Lemon Juice
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Instructions

For those who are new to pressure canning, breathe. The process is quite simple and the equipment is much safer than what once existed. Additional tips on how to use a pressure canner can be found here.

  1. Remove the skins by blanching tomatoes. Reserve the skins to be made into tomato powder.
  2. Chop the tomatoes, removing the hard core. Removing the seeds is optional.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except the lemon juice, in a nonreactive pot (stainless steel or enamel dutch oven). Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remember to stir often to prevent scorching.
  4. Fill the jars, leaving a 1-inch headspace.
  5. Add lemon juice to each jar, 2 tablespoons per quart, 1 tablespoon per pint.
  6. Process pint jars for 15 minutes, quart jars for 20 minutes.
Altitude in FeetDial Gauge CannerWeighted Gauge Canner
0-1000 ft1110
1001-2000 ft1115
2001-4000 ft1215
4001-6000 ft1315
6001-8000 ft1415
8000-10,000 ft1515
Pounds per pressure for canning stewed tomatoes

Canning stewed tomatoes is an excellent way to preserve the tomato harvest. Another way of storing tomatoes is by canning whole tomatoes with garlic and basil. This way of preserving tomatoes is perfect for making instant tomato soup or spaghetti sauce.

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Pressure Canning Stewed Tomatoes

Pressure canning stewed tomatoes is an excellent way of preserving tomatoes. This stewed tomato recipe is not only delicious but extremely easy to make. Home canned tomatoes are exceptional in flavor and do not have a metallic flavor. Once you begin canning, tomatoes store bought will no longer do!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Pressure Canning Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canned stewed tomatoes recipe, canning stewed tomatoes, how to can stewed tomatoes, preserving tomatoes, pressure canning stewed tomatoes
Servings: 7 pints
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • Pressure Canner
  • Blanching Basket
  • Stainless Steel Pot

Ingredients

  • 25 large plum Tomatoes, blanched and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green Pepper diced
  • 1 cup yellow Onions diced
  • 1/2 cup Celery diced
  • 2 teaspoons Salt optional
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar option
  • Bottled Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Blanch the tomatoes to remove the skins. reserve the skins to be made into tomato powder.
  • Chop the tomatoes, removing the hard core. Removing seeds is optional.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients, except the lemon juice, in a nonreactive pot (stainless steel or enamel dutch oven). Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Remember to stir often to prevent scorching.
  • Fill the jars, leaving a 1-inch headspace.
  • Add lemon juice to each jar, 2 tablespoons per quart, 1 tablespoon per pint.
  • Process pint jars for 15 minutes, quart jars for 20 minutes, refer to the correct PSI in the the article.

Notes

This recipe will make close to 7 pints or 3 quarts.

Pressure canning stewed tomatoes provides amazing flavor to many dishes. This is definitely an item which needs to be preserved each year.

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Comments

  1. Linda says

    Want to try this recipe, need to clafie the canning process. Pressure cooker for these? If so on want pressure 5, 10 lbs? I usually water bath tomatoes, just want to be safe for sure.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      I apologize the graphic for the processing times did not show up, it is now been added once again to the blog. The PSI is based on your altitude and the type of pressure canner you’re using. Please refer to the chart, thanks!

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      So sorry about the missing graphic, it is not in the blog. Select the PSI based on your altitude.

  2. Peggie says

    Hi,
    After reading the recipe over I have 2 questions. How much sugar do you add to the recipe? How many jars does this recipe require? I’m getting ready to make this recipe over the weekend.
    Thank you,
    Peggie

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      Hi Peggie! I went ahead and updated the quantity for the sugar, 1 tablespoon is all you’ll need for this recipe. If you’re canning in quarts you’ll receive roughly 3 quarts, if you’re canning in pints you’ll receive roughly 7 pints.

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