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Publication #FCS8184

Selecting, Preparing, and Canning: Tomato and Vegetable Juice Blend1

United States Department of Agriculture Extension Service2

Quantity: An average of 22 pounds of tomatoes is needed per canner load of 7 quarts. Not more than 3 cups of other vegetables may be added for each 22 pounds of tomatoes.

Procedure: Crush and simmer tomatoes as for making tomato juice. Add no more than 3 cups of any combination of finely chopped celery, onions, carrots, and peppers for each 22 pounds of tomatoes. Simmer mixture 20 minutes. Press hot cooked tomatoes and vegetables through a sieve or food mill to remove skins and seeds. Add bottled lemon juice or citric acid to jars (See FCS 8182 for acidification directions). Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart to the jars, if desired. Reheat tomato-vegetable juice blend to boiling and fill immediately into jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process. Recommended process times are given in Table 1, Table 2, and Table 3.

Tables

Table 1. 

Recommended process time for Tomato-Vegetable Blend in a boiling-water canner

 

Process Time at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

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

*After the process is complete, turn off the heat and remove the canner lid. Wait five minutes before removing jars.

Table 2. 

Recommended process time for Tomato-Vegetable Blend in a weighted-gauge pressure canner

Style of Pack

Jar Size

Process Time

0 - 1,000 ft

Above 1,000 ft

Hot

Pints or Quarts

20 min

5 lb

10 lb

15

10

15

10

15

Not Recommended

*After the canner is completely depressurized, remove the weight from the vent port or open the petcock. Wait 10 minutes; then unfasten the lid and remove it carefully. Lift the lid with the underside away from you so that the steam coming out of the canner does not burn your face.

Table 3. 

Recommended process time for Tomato-Vegetable Blend in a dial-gauge pressure canner

 

Canner Gauge Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

Process Time

0 - 2,000 ft

2,001 - 4,000 ft

4,001 - 6,000 ft

6,001 - 8,000 ft

Hot

Pints or Quarts

20 min

6 lb

7 lb

8 lb

9 lb

15

11

12

13

14

*After the canner is completely depressurized, remove the weight from the vent port or open the petcock. Wait 10 minutes; then unfasten the lid and remove it carefully. Lift the lid with the underside away from you so that the steam coming out of the canner does not burn your face.

Footnotes

1.

This document is FCS 8184, a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Publication date: May 2003. Reviewed: February 2014. This document was extracted from the Complete Guide to Home Canning, Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA. It was originally published on CD-ROM as part of HE 8149, Guide 3: Selecting, Preparing, and Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products. Please visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu

2.

Reviewed for use in Florida by Amy Simonne, assistant professor, Food Safety and Quality, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville FL 32611.


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