Well, I am pretty sure I’ve picked the last of the tomatoes that will be usable. There is a limit on our beautiful, unending sunny summer, and that limit is Friday. The rain is a-comin’.
We harvested just over 40 pounds of tomatoes from our garden this year – a huge success! Too many to use at one time. So I am trying to find ways to make them last all year. This was my train of thought: I think they are too sweet for salsa, and honest, we do not use a lot of canned sauce – we usually make a really simple one out canned tomatoes – AHA!
I just canned them as-is. Now they are perfect!
I still have about 6 or 7 pounds left to use., so I still have more to figure out – I’m thinking that I will dry them, though.
This is only my second time canning, and although the second time around was much easier than the first, I do not consider myself an expert AT ALL. Please refer to this excellent tutorial that I followed. As a beginning canner, I would offer a few tips, though, to other beginners:
- Know going in that it is going to be a HUGE mess, because of the seeds, juice, etc. – and try not to let it bother you! It looks bad but cleanup will be easier than you think.
- Go ahead and spring for the gear like a funnel, a magnet wand and a can gripper – those tools exist for a reason!
- Wash your hands anytime you touch something not related to your canning project. You can’t be too careful here!
- Get a GIANT pot. The stock pot you have is not going to be big enough, sadly
- Don’t let the process scare you or intimidate you away from canning your own stuff! It is hard at first but canning became so much easier even the second time I tried it.
I hope that helps! I am going to keep working on my canning – I have 7 empty 1/2 pint jars that could probably use some tomato jam or something. I am itching to fill ’em up!