Monday, August 22, 2011

Can You Say Tomatoes?


My tomatoes are ripening thick and fast.  I have to admit that tomato products are my favorite things to can.  Perhaps it's because they make the whole house smell so good. 

 Saturday I canned 20 pints of salsa.  That isn't quite a full years supply of salsa for us, but I would like to make some pizza/spaghetti sauce and tomato juice next, and if I have enough tomatoes I might make more salsa.

My husband is not fond of salsa that has been thickened with clear gel or other thickeners so I thicken mine by cooking it down.  Saturday morning I started chopping veggies and by noon I had a huge stock pot full.  I started it simmering and cooked it for almost four hours.  By then the house smelled heavenly!!

What are you canning at your house?

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  1. That sounds good! We love salsa!

    I have been canning peaches here! Can't wait to open a jar in the winter and taste lovely fresh peaches!


  2. Mrs. Rabe--nice to have you stop by! Peaches are arriving on Wednesday!! I'm hoping to can them towards the end of the week. We love peaches in the winter too!!

  3. Not canning anything--this is midwinter! I did do some beef broth last week, though.

  4. Emma--we had 49 degrees this morning--I can feel fall in the air, and winter is just around the corner from fall, but I'm not going to think about that. :) Beef broth sounds yummy!

  5. Yum. I love to can! Your tomatoes are ripening faster than mine. I have a ton of green week I'll be doing this! So fun! Your jars look beautiful!

  6. I'm jealous of your tomatoes. I have gorgeous plants, but no tomatoes. What I have is a rabbit burrow under my tomatoes. I am enjoying tomato canning vicariously here. Thanks :).

  7. My tomatoes are so slow this year, but they are finally getting ripe. I'm hoping to be making spaghetti sauce this weekend.


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