Preserving Garden Tomatoes and Tomato Recipes

Ilah Garton provides a guide to canning tomatoes and edible applications, including tomato juice, sauces, soup, catsup, bouillon, freezing, pickles and how to beat the canning jar shortage.

| September/October 1975

  • Garden heirloom tomatoes
    Can your extra tomatoes and enjoy tomato juice, sauces and soups year-round.

  • Garden heirloom tomatoes

"Preserving Garden Tomatoes and Tomato Recipes" originally published as "Terrific Tomato Soup and Other Tomato Recipes" in the September/October 1975 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

This article is included online for historical interests only. Please follow today's canning safety guidelines outlined by the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

"You tell 'em I'm puttin' up 'maters for th' winter, that's what. People might laugh at such stuff as this, but I'll tell y', I'm not about to let 'em rot."  

— Hillard Green, quoted in The Foxfire Book.

Hillard Green has the right idea. The old adage "Waste not want not" applies for sure in these days of exorbitant food prices. And those of us who grow our own have always known the value of preserving nature's bounty for off-season use.

Preserving Tomatoes and Tomato Recipes

Since tomatoes are easy to grow and often plentiful, you may find yourself up to your ears in the ripe, scarlet fruit as frost approaches — and a few hints on the preservation of the harvest may be welcome, along with some tomato recipes to enjoy. I've also taken the canning jar shortage into account in preparing this article, and have included some guides to the use of alternative containers (along with directions for a couple of preservation methods which require no jars at all).

9/10/2019 7:30:18 AM

Oh my! I am surprised that Mother Earth News is sending out this extremely outdated article from 1975 in its email newsletter. First of all, ALL tomatoes, even heirloom, need added acid to be safe from botulism. This has been proven by scientific laboratory testing. The processing times given in this article are also inadequate. These recipes are safety tested: for canners that want to keep their loved ones safe from the risk of botulism poisoning. Please do better, Mother Earth News.

8/21/2013 10:25:15 PM

I love canning tomatoes, thanks! I recently found what to do with all of my leftover tomato skins and stems too. Check out

7/14/2012 6:59:14 PM

Gotta agree with Bunny. This article is extremely outdated and the methods are unsafe. Go to the National Center for Home Food Preservation ( ) for current recipes and canning methods.

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