Small Batch Canning – Tomato Sauce
It’s a lot of work to make homemade tomato sauce. And being upfront and honest, after making this recipe, it made 3 pints. Yes, after a few hours, it makes 3 pints (with a a 1/4 cup more – give or take). But tomato basil sauce is really delicious and so worth it.
12 cups San Marzano tomatoes (can use Roma/plum), washed
1 cup chopped onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons basil (or sweet basil), washed
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon pickling salt
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
water bath canner
large cast iron or stainless steel pan (to cook tomatoes)
cutting board and knife
sterilized jars and bands
bowls for the strained juice
Getting Started Canning
Wash your tomatoes and basil with water.
Cut the tomatoes in 2-3 pieces, depending on size. Only remove stems, you will use a food mill after processing.
Add the remaining ingredients into the pan with the tomatoes and put on medium heat.
Stir every few minutes so it does not burn on the bottom.
The tomatoes will start to breakdown and juice will escape from the tomatoes.
Allow to cook 1 1/2 – 2 hours until reduced to a consistency. You will want the tomatoes to break down and softened. This will allow them to process in the food mill easier.
Heat up water in the water bath canner, so it’s same temperature as the sauce.
Once to the consistency you want, remove from the stove and process the tomato mix through the strainer.
Place the sauce into the sterile jars and wipe the rim with a sterile towel.
Place a lid and band on, hand tightening.
Put the jar into the water bath canner. Repeat process.
Process the jars 35 minutes for pints, 40 minutes for quarters (this is based on Michigan elevation, adjust if needed).
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Write the date and what it is on the lid and enjoy.
- From what I can tell 4 cups of tomatoes, makes 1 pint of tomato sauce
- When measuring out, we used a 4 cup Pyrex dish, and kind of ‘over filled, since the tomatoes didn’t fill all the voids in the container.
- If you are using a hand food mill, you may want to pick up the tomato skins while processing, so running through the food mill is easier.