Easy Recipe for Pickled Cherry Tomatoes for Canning

Jars of Pickled Cherry tomatoes

This easy recipe for pickled cherry tomatoes for canning is a great way to preserve those cherry tomatoes that grow in abundance if you even have one cherry tomato plant. Then you can enjoy their fresh flavor during the long winter months. Pickling is a great way to preserve that bumper crop of beautiful cherry tomatoes and have them to add to salad, salad dressings, pasta, or a charcuterie board.

In order to extend the life of these delightful tomatoes, it is fun to find ways to preserve cherry tomatoes. They can be stored long-term by pickling in mason jars. For this recipe, cherry tomatoes are stored in a pickling liquid. And cherry tomatoes look so pretty when preserved in jars.  They make beautiful gifts also

 I had a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes this year and I did not even intentionally plant cherry tomatoes!

Cherry tomatoes from my garden
Cherry tomato plants in my garden

A pack of tomato plants I purchased must have been mismarked. I have picked and picked and have so many of these beautiful little cherry tomatoes.

cherry tomato salsa two bowls of tomatoes
Two bowls of my cherry tomatoes

Another recipe I used cherry tomatoes in was my cherry tomato salsa, that turned out delicious!

I have been also been putting some of them in my sauces and salsa, but I decided to also try this easy pickling cherry tomato recipe.

Ingredients for Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

  • 8 pints Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Canning Salt
  • 8 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Teaspoons Dill Seed (Optional): Different herbs can also be used, such as fresh dill, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, bay leaves, etc.
  • Note: The measurements can be adjusted dependent on how many pints of cherry tomatoes you wish to pickle.

Steps for Preparing Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

First, rinse the cherry tomatoes and remove the stems.

Rinsing cherry tomatoes for pickled cherry tomatoes
Rinsing cherry tomatoes

Poke a toothpick through each cherry tomato. This helps the skin from cracking and lets the flavor get into the tomato.

Poke a hole through the cherry tomatoes with a toothpick
Poke a hole through the cherry tomatoes with a toothpick

Add a peeled garlic clove and dill seed to each pint jar. Using a quart jar for the pickled cherry tomatoes would be a good option, also.

Garlic and Dill seed added to jars for pickled cherry tomatoes
Clove of Garlic and dill seed added to jars

Add the cherry tomatoes to the jars. Leave 1/4 inch headspace.

Cherry tomatoes in jars

Make the pickling brine by adding the vinegar, water and salt to a large saucepan or stock pot.

Adding salt to the brine
Adding salt to the brine

Heat the brine on medium-high heat to boiling and add the hot liquid to the jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.

Adding brine to the jars
Adding brine to the jars

Wipe the rim of the jar, remove the air bubbles and place lids and add screw bands. 

Removing air bubbles from pickled cherry tomatoes
Removing air bubbles

Add the filled jars to the boiling water canner and process jars at a full rolling boil for 10 minutes.

I use the Ball electric water bath canner for water bath canning and love it.  Tomatoes are a low-acid food, therefore are canned using the water bath method.

Jars of pickled cherry tomatoes in the water bath canner
Jars of pickled cherry tomatoes in the water bath canner

Remove the hot jars from the hot water after the processing time with a jar lifter and place jars on a kitchen towel on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours.

Jars of Pickled Cherry tomatoes
Jars of pickled cherry tomatoes

Enjoy

Enjoy the flavorful pickled cherry tomatoes all winter long with this easy pickled cherry tomatoes recipe. Have them in salads, pasta, pasta sauce or as a snack. Plus they will make beautiful Christmas gifts!

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Jars of Pickled Cherry tomatoes

Pickled Cherry Tomato Recipe for Canning

Yield: 8 pints
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This easy recipe for pickled cherry tomatoes for canning is a great way to preserve those cherry tomatoes that grow in abundance if you even have one cherry tomato plant. Then you can enjoy there fresh flavor during the long winter months. Pickling is a great way to preserve that bumper crop of beautiful cherry tomatoes and have them to add to salad, salad dressings, pasta, or a charcuterie board.

Ingredients

  • 8 pints Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Canning Salt
  • 8 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Teaspoons Dill Seed (Optional)

Instructions

    1. Rinse the cherry tomatoes and remove the stems.

    2. Poke a hole through each tomato with a toothpick or skewer.

    3. Add the garlic and dill to each jar.

    4. Add the cherry tomatoes to the jars, keeping 1/4 inch headspace.

    5. Make the pickling brine by adding the vinegars, water, and salt to a large saucepan.

    6. Heat to a boil.

    7. Add the brine to the jars, keeping 1/4 inch headspace.

    8. Wipe rims, remove air bubbles, and add lids.

    9. Place the jars in a water bath canner and process at a rolling boil for 10 minutes for pints, 15 minutes for quarts.

    1o. Remove the hot jars with a jar lifter and set them on the counter. Do not disturb for 24 hours.

Notes

The measurements can be adjusted dependent on how many pints of cherry tomatoes you wish to pickle.

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