Canned Tomatoes

These homemade canned tomatoes are the best way to keep your garden tomatoes fresh and ready to eat and cook with all year long!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Canned Tomatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Cooling time 1 day
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 quarts
Calories 117 kcal
Author Stephanie


  • 30 large tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons canning salt
  • 24 fresh basil leaves optional
  • ¾ cup lemon juice optional, helps with preservation
US Customary - Metric


  1. Sterilize all cans prior to use.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice water & set aside.
  3. Boil the tomatoes in batches, (1-2 minutes for each batch.)
  4. You’ll notice the skin begin to split- this makes for easy pealing!
  5. Toss each batch into ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Once cool enough to handle, peel the skin off of the tomatoes and set aside.
  6. Position a strainer over a large bowl, and halve the tomatoes over the strainer so that the excess juices are caught in the bowl. Remove the stems with a knife as well. Set the halved tomatoes on a large plate for now.
  7. Once all of the tomatoes are halved, you may want to let them drain a little more if necessary (we’ll be adding this juice back to the cans)
  8. Let the flat lids of the cans boil lightly, as they need to be hot when you screw them on.
  9. Place a teaspoon of salt, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 basil leaves on the bottom of each can. Use a spoon to drop in the tomatoes, (sliced side down if you can). (I added more basil leaves at the top, for visual appeal and more flavor, this isn’t necessary.) Use a knife to remove any air bubbles or excess space.
  10. Pour the tomato juice into each can and leave ½ inch of space from the rim. Place a warm lid on the top and seal shut.
  11. Transfer the jars into a large pot of warm water, so that the contents is mostly submerged with just the lids poking up at the top. Bring the water to a gentle boil for 85 minutes, covered. Remove them from the water and let them cool for 24 hours. Check the lids to make sure they're sealed, then store until ready for use! :)
Nutrition Facts
Canned Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 4682mg204%
Potassium 1488mg43%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 5205IU104%
Vitamin C 96.4mg117%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.