A Canning We Will Go: Tomatoes

| 9/17/2008 5:32:53 PM

It’s that time of year, time to store away all those wonderful garden goodies to be used this winter. No matter if you freeze, dry, or can your food, it’s a great feeling to be able to go to the pantry or freezer and pull out your own stuff.

Although I’ve been canning and freezing right along, the past couple of weeks have been especially busy for me. I am up to my armpits in tomatoes! I’ve been canning pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and salsa. My family especially likes the salsa. We like to eat it with so many things. This is how I do the salsa dance!

First, I wash and core a sink full of tomatoes.

Washed and cored tomatoes

While I am doing this, I have my large stockpot filled with water on the stove, bringing it to a boil. When the water has come to a rolling boil, I dump it on my cleaned and cored tomatoes in the sink to soak.

Tomatoes covered with boiling water

Anthony Banks
11/5/2008 11:36:49 PM

Suggest you try Orpingtons for a docile, full size productive dual purpose bird. We have Buff orpingtons. They are outstanding.

9/19/2008 10:22:15 AM

Cindy, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ALL AROUND!!!! After all, who needs an excuse to have cookies?! ;^)

Cindy Murphy
9/19/2008 5:21:23 AM

Oh! My mom used to make the best canned salsa, and bring jars and jars of the stuff to us whenever she came to visit. My husband would put it on nearly everything - scrambled eggs being a favorite. We haven't canned tomatoes since moving to our present house; we just can't seem to grow a decent tomato except for the volunteer cherries we've had this year. Our garden is too close to the far-reaching roots of a black walnut tree, I suspect. But although I won't be canning any tomatoes, can I still have the chocolate chip cookies?

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