How To Can Tomatoes


I’m currently taking two University classes in the evening and working during the day so, needless to say, cooking, blogging, laundry, cleaning, shopping, or eating anything that doesn’t come from a Drive-Thru are not very high on my priority list at the moment.

And although I love to get fresh veggies from friends and family members, I just don’t have the time right now to do anything with them. However, a friend gave me a bunch of garden tomatoes the other day so I made a point of setting aside an hour to can them. It’s easy, fast, and then I can enjoy the sweet summery taste of fresh tomatoes all winter long while I’m cramming for exams.

Step 1
Wash any dirt off of the tomatoes and remove the stems.

How To Can Tomatoes / My Friend's Bakery

Step 2
Cut an X into the bottom of each tomato with a sharp knife. Bring a pot of water to a low boil over high heat.  Drop 3 or 4 tomatoes at a time into the boiling water and blanch them for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

How To Can Tomatoes / My Friend's Bakery

Step 3
Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and immediately put them into an ice bath. The skins should begin to easily peel off.

How To Can Tomatoes / My Friend's Bakery

Step 4
Gently peel the skins off the tomatoes. Cut out the stem end and any bruised or damaged sections.  Cut the tomatoes into quarters if they are large.

How To Can Tomatoes / My Friend's Bakery

Step 5
Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the bottom of clean, sterilized canning jars. Fill the jars with tomatoes and push down to fit to 1/2″ from the rim.  Don’t worry if the tomatoes get squished a bit. Run a knife around the sides of each jar, all the way to the bottom, to remove any air pockets.

How To Can Tomatoes / My Friend's Bakery

Step 6
Wipe the jar rims and add the lids. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Remove the jars and cool on wire racks. Use these tomatoes with pasta, in sauces, soups, or anytime you would normally use store-bought canned tomatoes.


 How To Can Tomatoes / My Friend's Bakery

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I’m Done And Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings / My Friend's Bakery

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring to arrive. I realize that Christmas just finished and New Year’s is barely over, but I’m done.

Beer Battered Onion Rings / My Friend's Bakery

I’m done with the snow and the cold. I’m done with having my windows closed and my heat cranked up high. I’m done with soups and stews and heavy foods, as if I need another layer of winter fat.

Beer Battered Onion Rings / My Friend's Bakery

I’m done with layers of clothes and I’m really, really, REALLY done with socks! Damn, I hate socks!!! So c’mon Spring! I’m ready for sandals, open windows, and food truck food!


Beer Battered Onion Rings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Onion rings are a tasty side dish on their own, or serve them up on top of burgers and steaks! Experiment with different flavors of beer from pale ale to stout.


  • 3 Vidalia onions
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 can (8 oz) beer
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying


Peel each onion and slice into 1/4" to 1/2" thick rings. Add the sliced onions to a bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water and let the onions sit submerged for 20 minutes. Drain the water and set the onion slices on a paper towel to air dry.

Prepare your oil for frying by pouring it into a medium-sized, high sided pot. For safety sake, you do not want your oil to be more than 2″ deep, and definitely not more than halfway up the side of the pot. Heat the oil to 375 degrees. A candy thermometer comes in handy here, but if you don’t have one, heat the oil on medium-high heat for about 5 – 7 minutes. Test your oil temperature with a small portion of batter. If it browns too quickly, turn the heat down to medium and wait a minute or two to start frying.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and corn starch. Add the entire can of beer and whisk to combine.

To begin, dip 4 - 5 onion rings into the batter, shake off some of the excess batter then carefully drop the rings into the hot oil. Fry on each side for 2 - 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the rings and place on a paper towel to drain slightly.

To Freeze Onion Rings

Once the fried onion rings have cooled completely, line the rings in a single layer on baking sheets and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the rings to freezer safe bags.

To Reheat Frozen Onion Rings

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Line the onion rings in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, turning once.


Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

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