Tag Archives: Canning

Sweet Georgia Belles…

14 Aug

It is peach picking season in Georgia and there is no more delicious variety than the Georgia Belles.  After our fun and productive tomato sauce canning session, Virginia and I decided to have another round of canning with the fresh peaches.  We put up peach preserves as well as my favorite – peach chutney!  Check out the link to Jaemor Farms where the peaches are grown.

http://www.jaemorfarms.com/georgia-peaches

Georgia Belles fresh from the farm

Georgia Belles fresh from the farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut up peaches

Cut up peaches

 

Red peppers, Onions, Jalapenos and ginger

Red peppers, Onions, Jalapenos and ginger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simmer the vegetables

Simmer the vegetables

 

Add in the peaches

Add in the peaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared chutney

Prepared chutney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything is processed and ready

Everything is processes and ready

 

 

 

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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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