The Best Tomatoes (BBB)


It’s garden time! Get those tomato plants in the ground! You can use any tomatoes in your home canning, but Romas, also known as paste tomatoes, are the most popular selection for many uses because they have thicker, meatier walls and contain less water. Other popular canning varieties are Beefsteaks and Better Boys. My favorite tomato for canning, however, is the free tomato! Whatever type of tomato you use, make sure there are no cracks or rotten spots. I can tomatoes by the boxful every summer and it’s the one item in the pantry I’m sure to run out of because I use tomatoes in so many things. It’s been a long time since I had to buy canned tomatoes to make pizza or lasagna or spaghetti. Home-canned tomatoes will really spoil you to anything else!

Several people asked about the Roasted Roma Tomatoes recipe shown in the photo on my last post. I’ve added it to Farm Bell Recipes here. For more great recipes and canning know-how, you need a BBB!


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by the Ladies at Auburn Meadow Farm. Visit them here!

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (May 13). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (May 14). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

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UPDATE 05/13/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment number 43, kindigo27. Email me at CITRg[email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. Blessings says:

    It finally seemed to quit raining every day so here in Michigan we can plant the garden soon.with that being said BBB, PLease!

  2. JRR.Esq says:

    BBB please!!

  3. collector1 says:

    BBB please!! — Thank you

  4. Granny Trace says:

    Thanks for sharing more canning recipes. I just started last year and sooo excited to do more this year.
    Granny Trace

  5. Kathy in FL says:

    I agree! Home canned tomatoes are the best! BBB, please.

  6. jim says:

    BB Book please. i grew up with everyone home canning and just tried my hand at for thr first time last week. going to go picking termaters again tomorrow

  7. momtoadiva says:

    BBB please :wave:

  8. HomesteadJen says:

    BBB, please.

    This year I am planting Amish Paste tomatoes, a heritage variation of Romas. If they can survive our clay soil, we will be rocking the sauce! Right now, though, they are suffering.

  9. cabighorse says:

    There’s nothing more rewarding than opening a pantry filled with home canned favorites. Please add me to the list of potential winners. BBB

  10. justdeborah2002 says:

    I’m having a garden for the first time this year, so please BBB

  11. GaPeach says:

    BBB, please! Thanks!

  12. kelly jo kirby says:

    I would love to have the BBB, please!

  13. Rockyshore says:

    I just got my plants yesterday, but it’s gonna rain this weekend…again. BBB, me please. Thanks.

  14. prayingpup says:

    We’ve got in 12 plants and I’m so hoping they survive and then produce. This will be my first time at trying to can tomatoes. BBB please!

  15. renee on the move says:

    BBB, please!

  16. heidiannie says:

    I would like a chance at the BBB, please.
    Special thanks to the ladies at AMF and of course, to you, Suzanne!

  17. dgkritch says:

    Nothing better than a “warm off the vine” tomato!
    Please add my name to the list!

  18. farmerlady2 says:

    BBB please, thanks!

  19. ladybird_1959 says:

    I love canning tomatoes. I found some different plants this year, they’re called Amish Paste (I think). They are suppose to be like Roma’s, but larger. We’ll see how they turn out. BBB, please!

  20. debg says:

    Would love to have the BBB

  21. marylecompte says:

    I am down to one jar of tomato sauce, so it must be canning time again!! Sign me up.

  22. debby68 says:

    I just cannot wait for tomato time!!!! My main canning tomato will be San Marzano. I have heard rave reviews on them for years so I am getting on the bandwagon this year! BBB Please!

  23. Cat M says:

    BBB please!! We’re almost done with tomatoes here in Florida and I’m excited to move on to other items!

  24. eikome says:

    Sign me up for a BBB please!

  25. drenee says:

    BBB Please! I started teaching myself how to can last year. My garden this year has lots of tomatoes, beans and cabbage. Looking forward to some creative uses for them.

  26. TinaBell says:

    Thanks so much for posting the “Roasted Roma Tomatoes” recipe! I look forward to giving it a try. It looks similar to one I’ve tried already–SLOW roasted romas, they’re so uniquely good it’s ridiculous. I use ’em on pizza and on bruschetta or sandwiches; whatever strikes me! Yay for tomato season! Can’t wait to get growing! BBB please!

  27. WolfWalker says:

    Been raining way to much here to do much about putting the garden in,am trying my hand at container gardening, have peas, lettuce and tomato plants started. My sister is putting a garden in, in her back yard as soon as we get some good weather, told me i could put in a few plants as well so I’m preying for good weather lol. BBB please.

  28. Fairygen says:

    I have already put up 75 pounds of tomatoes..The 30 plants in the garden are strickly for eating fresh…I have memembers of this house that will not eat tomotoes unless they are staight from the garden…No grocery store tomatoes for them..Plus I can not stand the taste of metal cans..

  29. langela says:

    I’d love a BBB!

  30. strljmnz says:

    BBB Please!! :duck:

  31. Kathi says:

    I’m SO hungry for real tomatoes. This is the weekend we hit our last frost date (May 15), so this is the weekend we will plant!


  32. azladychef says:

    I got a bit of a late start this year, but my first tomatoes are finally getting ripe now. Thanks Suzanne and Auburn Meadow Farm.

  33. cabynfevr says:

    BBB PLease! My favorite tomato is the Brandywine, except for making salsa, then I use Roma.

  34. farmershae says:

    BBB me please. It’s not canning, but my favorite tomato presrvation is dehydrating Sun Gold tomatoes. We use them just like sun-dried tomatoes, they are practically candy.

  35. annabel52 says:

    Let’s just skip the contest and send me the BBB!
    Just kidding, put my name in the pot, pun intended.

  36. Breezy says:

    Preservinf things is the best way I know to keep up with wasted time. If I go ahead and put leftovers in the fridge or freezer and can them later – I have wasted NO time and saved mucho money. I like that part fo it. :shimmy: BBB (please…)

  37. ashmmorgan2 says:

    BBB Please! :woof:

  38. Bonnie S. says:

    BBB, please.

  39. JerseyMom says:

    DH grows Rutgers variety so that’s what I’ll be canning. BBB for me, please.

  40. Ramona Slocum says:

    Good Morning, BBB me please.

  41. rephiddy says:

    BBB please!
    I love growing tomatoes and this year I have oh… about 20 different varieties for all different purposes. Canning, eating out of hand in the garden, slicing, freezing and dehydrating.
    It’s still a bit early for me to be planting my maters out. They are all still patiently waiting under the grow lights for our last frost date and, I can hardly wait!
    Wishing success to all the tomato growers out there this year.

  42. kindigo27 says:

    BBB Please!

  43. Brittany P. says:

    This year we planted Roma and rutger tomatoes. It will be our first year canning them though. BBB Please! Thanks.

  44. Rebel Homemaker says:

    I just put my tomato plants in the ground last week, four different varieties, one of them Romas! I sure hope they do better this year as I didn’t get to can any tomatoes last year. BBB!

  45. AnnieB says:

    Yes, BBB please!!!

  46. LaChienne says:

    BBB please!!!

  47. alosyu says:

    I would love the BBB, please. Don’t can tomatoes, but do can jams and pickles/relishes.

  48. Ms.Becky says:

    thank you Ladies at Auburn Meadow Farm, for sponsoring this BBB giveaway. it’s still too early for planting tomatoes here in S E Wisconsin, but I’m thinking about it. One day it will warm up!
    thanks for the giveaway Suzanne! BBB

  49. tami says:

    I have cherry tomatoes and as soon as they rippen, they disappeare… Do squirls like tomatoes. How do I keep the squirles out of my garden?? any ideas?????? BBB please.

  50. lavenderblue says:

    Still bucket planting. My tomatoes are all “Celebrity”. We wanted to plant fresh eating tomatoes since, with the buckets, we don’t get enough to can. I’ve already planted four of them. Two more are waiting to be planted. I have to do some minor bucket repair.

    I know it’s early up here to be putting them out, last frost date is around Memorial Day, up here, but since we’re using the global buckets again, if we need to, we can just carry them into the backroom for a night.

    Alas, probably not enough to can. Particularly since the neighbors seemed really interested in them. Still, I would love a BBB!

  51. Nadeanne says:

    BBB, please!

  52. countrygirl221 says:

    BBB please :wave:

  53. mburbage says:

    :woof: Oh Please , oh Please, oh please BBB :snoopy:

  54. morningstar says:

    I would love to be the owner of a BBB so please enter me into the drawing. Thank you.

  55. lilacwolf says:

    Oh I missed this last week. BBB

  56. marymac says:

    Pleas put me in for the BBB.

  57. Peggy in KY says:

    I would like a BBB. I am running out of tomatoes I canned last year. I still have tomatoes and okra plus spaghetti sauce.

  58. melonhead says:

    Gonna work on the garden this weekend. BBB! Thanks. :woof:

  59. jeepdriver says:

    BBB please. I can almost taste those summer tomatoes next winter. Yumy.

  60. Cherylls says:

    I’ve been doing green beans for a couple of years, but they are so easy. Tomatoes scare me. So please add me to the list for a BBB.

  61. Richelle says:

    Oh yes, BBB please!

  62. Luann says:

    BBB PLEASE……..

  63. Ann says:

    Roma tomatoes are wonderful. BBB please!

  64. kristen says:

    BBB, pretty please.

  65. missamy says:

    BBB, please!

  66. jan n tn says:

    The free tomato, is the best ever. :eating: Enter me in the BBB drawing please. Now that I’m ‘smart enough to register'(for some reason,I was having a :devil: of a time)to leave a comment….it’s got to be a sign. 😆

  67. OperationEmily says:

    :dancingmonster: <—— this is the coolest thing ever

    I could really use this book. Planting out first garden this weekend and need to learn how to can! Also have our goats coming next weekend! Can't wait!

  68. OperationEmily says:

    I forgot! BBB! please enter me!

  69. LisaAJB says:

    Last fall I didn’t can enough tomatoes and we ran out in February. I will have more this year. Bbb me! Thanks.

  70. Jennifer S says:

    BBB please!

  71. mrsdmahogany says:

    I would LOVE to win the BBB! :happyflower:


  72. laurie crawford says:

    BBB please!

  73. jkubemt1 says:

    BBB Please :woof:

  74. oddgirl says:

    BBB please. :yes:

  75. TeresaJM says:

    BBB please

  76. mafong says:

    I planted 120 tomato plants yesterday in the garden. I could really use a new BBB Thanks

  77. scollard says:

    BBB please! 😉

  78. Willamette Valley Girl says:

    Thanks for the opportunity – BBB please!

  79. Vicki in So. CA says:

    BBB please! :wave:

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