Can I safely water bath can tomatoes using a Vitamix to "juice" them with seeds and skin on + add acid (lemon juice or vinegar)?
Marion County Oregon
Thank you for your question. Indeed, there are lots of great tomatoes available right now. It's important to follow instructions in tested recipes to ensure safety. We do not have any tested recipes that include the skins. Skins change the density of the product, so the processing time we have available would be inaccurate. Also, tested recipes for making juice include simmering the tomato product first before juicing (hot pack). The heating of the tomatoes is an important part of the processing as well, so must be included for safety and accurate processing time.
If you would like to include the skins and seeds in your tomato juice, you may freeze it or use it fresh.
Thanks again for your important question.