Forgot to add lemon juice to home canned tomatoes

Asked September 19, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

I just pressure canned tomatoes without adding lemon juice. Are they safe to eat?

Woodbury County Iowa

2 Responses

The tomatos should be safe to eat, provided you used the proper processing pressure (if you have a weighted gauge canner). Woodbury County would be at an altitude above 1000 feet so the weight needed would be 15lbs of pressure. If you have a dial gauge canner 11lbs of pressure is needed.
The tomatoes should be safe to eat, but you can boil them (and any product made from them) for 10 minutes before eating to ensure safety. If you have leftovers made from this product you would again want to boil for 10 minutes before consuming the leftovers. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly with further questions.

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