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Canning Fresh Tomatoes

8 Aug

My new-found gardening hobby has spurred an urge to preserve the fruits of my labor.  I showed you the potting shed and the tomatoes that I have grown this summer.  The next thing I wanted to do was can some so that I would have wonderful, fresh tomato sauce to cook with all through the year.  A friend of mine and I planned a canning day and made crushed tomatoes.  She went to a local farmers’ market and bought around 20 lbs of tomatoes.  No I have not raised enough of my own to can that much!  Not sure if I want to grow that much at once…  Anyway I am going to show you what we did in case you want to try canning.  It takes a long time and is a lot of work, but it really is satisfying to have done this, and I look forward to using these fresh tomatoes in my homemade sauces!  I will tell you this from my experience; if anyone ever gives you a jar of homemade jelly, jam, tomatoes or anything else, it is a gift from the heart, truly!  A lot of standing and being hot in a hot kitchen goes into this process, so if someone is willing to share that sweat equity with you, you must be a dear friend!

Tomato prep

Fresh tomatoes

 

After blanching them to loosen the skins, dunk them in an ice water bath

After blanching them to loosen the skins, dunk them in an ice water bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut tomatoes and prepare to cook

Cut tomatoes and prepare to cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get clean jars, lids and rings ready to sterilize

Get clean jars, lids and rings ready to sterilize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boil the jars

Boil the jars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill with cooked tomatoes and process in the boiling water

Fill with cooked tomatoes and process in the boiling water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it, home made canned tomatoes!

And there you have it, home made canned tomatoes!

 

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