Calculate about 3 lb (1.4 kg) tomatoes for each 4-cup (1 litre) jar.
In a small pot, place the lids and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer, turn off the heat and leave the lids in the hot, but not boiling, water, in order to activate the rubber sealing band.
In a large pot, place the jars and cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Adjust the heat to low and leave the jars in the pot while you prepare the recipe. Drain them just before filling with tomato sauce.