Is it normal for canned tomatoes to have a few inches of liquid in the jars?
Yes! That liquid is actually juice from the tomatoes that has been squeezed out while canning. Some recipes even suggest you press the tomatoes into the jars until the spaces between the tomatoes are filled with juice.
Source: National Center for Home Food Preservation
Answered by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Friday, February 06, 2009