Tomato Juice

Quantity: An average of 23 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts, or an average of 14 pounds per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 53 pounds and yields 15 to 18 quarts of juice—an average of 3-1/4 pounds per quart.

Procedure: Wash, remove stems, and trim off bruised or discolored portions. To prevent juice from separating, quickly cut about 1 pound of tomatoes into quarters and put directly into sauce- pan. Heat immediately to boiling while crushing. Continue to slowly add and crush freshly cut tomato quarters to the boiling mixture. Make sure the mixture boils constantly and vigorously while you add the remaining tomatoes. Simmer 5 minutes after you add all pieces.

If you are not concerned about juice separation, simply slice or quarter tomatoes into a large saucepan. Crush, heat, and simmer for 5 minutes before juicing.

Press both types of heated juice through a sieve or food mill to remove skins and seeds. Add bottled lemon juice or citric acid to jars. See acidification instructions on page 3-5. Heat juice again to boiling. Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart to the jars, if desired. Fill hot jars with hot tomato juice, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process. (Acidification is still required for the pressure canning options; follow all steps in the Procedures above for any of the processing options.)

Recommended process time for Tomato Juice in a boiling-water canner
Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time at Altitudes of
0-1,000 ft 1,001-3,000 ft 3,001-6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints 35 min 40 45 50
Quarts 40 45 50 55
Recommended process time for Tomato Juice in a dial-gauge pressure canner
Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of
0-2,000 ft 2,001-4,000 ft 4,001-6,000 ft 6,001-8,000 ft
Hot Pints 20 min 6 lb 7 lb 8 lb 9 lb
Quarts 15 11 12 13 14
Recommended process time for Tomato Juice in a weighted-gauge pressure canner
Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of
0-1,000 ft Above 1,000 ft
Hot Pints 20 min 5 lb 10 lb
Quarts 15 10 15
10 15 Not recommended

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