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Herbed Tomato Juice

Print Makes about 6 (32 oz) quarts or 12 (16 oz) pints
Add dill, parsley or basil to fresh tomato juice. Then preserve it through waterbath canning for summertime taste all year round.

Level of Ease:

Medium

Preserving Method:

Waterbath Canning

You Will Need:

  • 25 lb ripe tomatoes (about 75 medium)
  • Ball® Citric Acid or bottled lemon juice
  • Fresh dill, parsley or basil
  • 6 (32 oz) quart or 12 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

Directions:

  1. PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
  2. WASH tomatoes and drain. Remove core and blossom ends. Cut tomatoes into quarters. Simmer tomatoes in a large stainless steel saucepan until soft, stirring to prevent sticking. Juice tomatoes in a in a food processor or food mill. Strain juice to remove peels and seeds.
  3. HEAT juice 5 minutes at 190°F. Do not boil.
  4. ADD ½ tsp Ball® Citric Acid or 2 Tbsp bottled lemon juice to each hot quart jar, ¼ tsp Ball® Citric Acid or 1 Tbsp bottled lemon juice to each hot pint jar. Ladle hot juice into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Add a sprig of fresh herbs to each quart jar, 1/2 sprig to each pint jar. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
  5. PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner 35 minutes for pints and 40 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

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