Canning Tomatoes

Asked September 15, 2020, 7:38 PM EDT

Is it ok to can tomatoes in a water bath, or should I pressure cook them?

Hood River County Oregon

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Thanks for contacting Ask an Expert.

You can use either method! See our Tomatoes and Tomato Products PNW 300 publication for safe, up-to-date recipes and directions. You can view it free online or download it at
You may be able to obtain a print copy from your local OSU Extension office. In Hood River, call ahead at 541-386-3343

Processing times vary with the preparation and style of pack so be sure to read the section on pages 10-11 carefully. The pH of tomatoes varies, so be sure to acidify with bottled lemon juice or citric acid whether you use a boiling water canner or a pressure canner.

Enjoy your canning season!