Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Canning Tomatoes

This year I have been learning to can tomatoes. Truthfully they intimidated me. All the work and the questions surrounding how to can tomatoes would be enough for me to avoid it! With my newish attitude to produce some of own food, not waste food, and preserve it has caused me to view tomatoes a bit differently. Because....

We eat a LOT of tomato-based products. Pasta sauce, anyone?

Lately, I have had a lot of people ask me how I can tomatoes and what recipes I use. True confession: I choose the easy way out. I choose Mrs. Wages. She has been very, very easy to work with and I can find her pouches at my local grocery stores. She helped me to make 11 pints of pasta sauce last night!

I really want to can tomatoes using from-scratch recipes. This weekend looks like I will have my chance. I only have two pouches left and more tomatoes than that since a sweet friend has gifted me with tomatoes. I committed to not spending any unnecessary money for awhile so from-scratch it will be.

I really want to can crushed tomatoes so that will be the first thing I try. I use crushed tomatoes in chili and will use them as a base for pasta and pizza sauce. If I have any left after that, I will be doing tomato sauce because I have a hundred uses for tomato sauce.

I realize that many of you are done canning tomatoes, but what are your favorite ways to can tomatoes?

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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