An absolutely must-have store cupboard staple, in my mind, are preserved tomatoes. They’re the base for so many meals, and when summer throws you a glut of tomatoes, I can think of few better ways to preserve them. In this instance, the tomatoes are preserved in a glass jar designed especially for a DIY version of pressure cooking, also known as bottling. My granny always preserved her tomatoes this way. It seems to have gone out of fashion a bit, but it’s a technique well worth reviving as it’s a brilliant way to preserve with minimal sugar and salt.
Servings: 3500g jars
1kg cherry tomatoes like San Marzano
1½ teaspoons sea salt
1½ tablespoons cider vinegar a few sprigs of fresh thyme or bay leaves
Sterilise 3 screw-band preserving jars or clip-top jars with rubber seals.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Make a small cross-shaped cut on the top of each tomato about 5mm deep with a very sharp knife. Add the tomatoes to the boiling water for 30 seconds, drain and plunge into very cold water to prevent further cooking. Drain again and peel the skins from the tomatoes starting at the top where you made the small cuts.
Add ½ teaspoon sea salt and ½ tablespoon cider vinegar to each jar. Gently nestle the tomatoes into the jars, being careful not to crush them. Tuck a few sprigs of thyme of a bay leaf into each jar. Pour enough boiling water over the tomatoes to fully cover, leaving a 1.5cm space.
Gently jostle the jars or use the handle of a spoon to release any air bubbles. Wipe the rims clean. Place the lids on top. Give each jar a sharp knock with a wooden spoon handle to remove any trapped air before screwing the lid on tightly, then loosen lid by half a turn.
Bottle process the jars* simmering for 40 minutes. Once you’re happy they’re sealed properly, store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
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