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How to hot water bath tomatoes: canning/bottling

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How to hot water bath tomatoes: canning/bottling

  I’ve been bottling tomatoes like a woman possessed. This might seem strange as tinned tomatoes can be so cheap if you know where to go. But these are our own organic tomatoes, they are sweeter than the tinned ones and once made they sit in the barn waiting to be added to dishes until our first tomatoes ripen the next summer. Last year I bottled whole tomatoes and passata. Once we discovered that Bloody Marys made with homemade passata were to die for, we used up our winter supply within a couple of months. Danny was dead keen for me to...

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Home bottled tomatoes and passata. Plan in spring for your autumn harvest.

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Home bottled tomatoes and passata. Plan in spring for your autumn harvest.

  Back in September Danny thought that I was crazy when I started to bottle (can) our tomatoes. “Tinned tomatoes are so cheap to buy from the supermarket.” “But I’m trying to avoid being dependant on the supermarkets. And anyway our tomatoes are organic and will taste much better.” I used the oven method, having invested in some Kilner jars from Lakeland. I also hot water bathed tomatoes and homemade passata in screw top jars. But I was concerned with the expensive energy output of both these methods. This year I’m planning to...

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