processing garden produce
peeled tomatoes
preserving
Below are listed some of the options available for preserving peeled tomatoes.


fowlers vacola preserving unit
The jars shown in the Processing Peeled Tomatoes web page are specifically designed for use in a Fowlers Vacola preserving unit and it is the method or preserving that I recommend.  For more details on this preserving method see the Fowlers Vacola Web Page.

other preserving units
Each country seems to specialise in it's own brand of preserving units.  In America the popular brand seems to be the Canning Bath using Ball Mason canning jars.  If you are not from Australian then I suggest you find out what is the commonly used preserving unit in your country and use that one.


using a large pot as a preserving unit
If you don't have a preserving unit you can preserve your peeled tomatoes by using a large pot.  To do this you :-
  1. Put a false bottom in the pot.
    This can be done by placing a flat piece of wood at the bottom of the pot.  I have also used a piece of corrugated roofing iron cut to the shape of the pot's bottom. The pot should be high enough so that jars placed in it can be completely covered with water.
  2. Place the jars in the pot and fill with cold water so that the tops of the jars are covered.
    You don't have to use specialised preserving jars, any largish jar with a sound lid on it will be fine.  Morello cherry jars are ideal for this purpose.  Try not to let the jars touch each other.  If they do you might want to wrap each jar in a couple of sheets of newspaper.
  3. Slowly heat the pot to just below boiling point and hold the temperature there for one hour and twenty minutes.
    This time includes the heating up process as well.  The temperature you need to reach and maintain is around 88°C/190°F .  Bringing it up to this temperature should take no more than forty five minutes.

    Though you can do this with the lid on I usually took it off so I could monitor the temperature better.  You don't need a thermometer, when the water is agitated but not actually boiling and steam is rising then you are at the right temperature. If the water does start to boil it is not a major problem, simply turn the heat down a bit.  The main risk from boiling water is that it can displace some of the liquid in the jars and break the seals.
  4. Remove with tongs and allow to cool.

WARNING : This method is much more of a hit a miss affair.  For this reason I recommend you buy a proper preserving unit if you are going to be regularly preserving food in jars.

If any opened jar of preserves has gas bubbles rising from it, an unusual colour or smell than DO NOT EAT IT!  You can get very sick if you do.


freezing tomatoes
Peeled tomatoes freeze quite well.  Instead of using a preserving unit you can simply pack them into plastic bags and store them in the freezer.


Keeping peeled tomatoes in the fridge
Because of their high acid content peeled tomatoes can also be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.