reprocessing tomatoes

Asked August 30, 2017, 10:01 AM EDT

I canned some tomatoes in their own juice. The website I looked at said to process for 45 mins in a hot water bath. I did and they all sealed. Now I'm seeing I should have processed for 85 mins. Can I reprocess these jars of tomatoes? Do I put new lids on? Can I open and heat the tomatoes for 10 minutes and re-can? Is there a safe way to re-do?

Charlevoix County Michigan food processing

1 Response

If it has been less than 24 hours since you have processed the tomatoes, you may reprocess by reheating the contents, using new lids and reprocessing for 85 minutes. Do not forget to add the lemon juice: 1 tablespoon per pint and 2 tablespoons per quart . If has been longer than 24 hours, they may not be safe and advised not to use.