3 Methods for Canning Tomatoes: A Beginners Guide

Top down view of open canning jars full of stewed tomatoes waiting to be sealed.

Tomatoes can be preserved by canning, drying, freezing, or pickling. They can also be used in creating fruit spreads like jams, jellies and marmalade’s. Raw tomatoes or raw tomato products can be kept refrigerated (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit), but will spoil over time due to bacteria, yeasts, and molds. Preserving tomatoes in oil is currently … Read more

Jelly vs. Jam and Other Fruit Spreads

Canning jars of homemade fruit jams and jellies.

Though often used interchangeably, jam and jelly are really quite different. While jelly is often strained to remove any seeds or chunks, jam is cooked so that it retains its pulp. Meanwhile, marmalade, curds, and other fruit spreads each have their own unique characteristics, too. Read more on Luv2Garden.

Pasteurization to Preserve Tomatoes, Fruits and Berries

Cherry compote being prepared for preservation by using a double boiler method with canning jars inside of a galvanized tub on a stovetop.

What is Pasteurization Pasteurization originates with 19th Century scientist Louis Pasteur which is also the origin of the word “pasteurize.” Pasteurization is a process in which foods are subjected to just enough heat so as to kill off bacteria and pathogens but not so much as to drastically alter the composition, quality and taste of … Read more

Spicy Pickled Garlic

Top-down view of spicy pickled garlic in a canning jar.

Pickled garlic is best used in small quantities a bite here and a nibble there, when properly prepared it’s tasty and not over overpoweringly pungent. It won’t give you Garlic breath as raw garlic will. It can also be added in with other pickle mixes or used just as raw garlic is, chopped up and … Read more