tomatoes

i realize that canning typically happens late summer through fall as foods are ready to be harvested and stored for winter. but as people who love hunting we were rather busy on the weekends this fall so i am just now getting to canning our tomatoes. as our tomatoes ripened this summer i would wash them, core them and freeze them. i wanted to get enough to make (and can) marinara sauce. well, it happened! i had never made marinara sauce let alone canned it, so this was all new to me. peeling frozen tomatoes isn’t too complicated; you simply run then under warm water and the skins (essentially) come right off. but peeling 30+ lbs of tomatoes wasn’t my idea of fun and my hands were raw from being in the water. so halfway through i stopped peeling them and just threw ’em in the pot. i decided we could handle a bit of tomatoe skin pureed into our marinara sauce. maybe i’ll manage to peel them all next year. the whole process took longer than i thought but it’s rather satisfying to have grown enough tomatoes to make and can marina sauce. next year we hope to grow more roma/paste tomatoes.

hello laundry basket full of tomatoes that needs to be dealt with.

hello laundry basket full of tomatoes that needs to be dealt with.

i thought we had big pots. i'm not sure 30lbs of tomatoes fits in any pot (that would also fit on our stove)

i thought we had big pots. i’m not sure 30lbs of tomatoes fit in any pot (that would also fit on our stove)

used our immersion blender and ta da - sauce!

used our immersion blender and ta da – sauce!

washed all the ziplocs that the tomatoes had been in to re-use. then i decided that they would dry quickly above the stove - it worked!

washed all the ziplocs that the tomatoes had been in to re-use. then i decided that they would dry quickly above the stove – it worked!

after we sterilized the jars & lids it was time to fill 'em up. it's always nice to have someone to help at this point in the canning process

after we sterilized the jars & lids it was time to fill ’em up. it’s always nice to have someone to help at this point in the canning process

randy helped prepare and fill the jars

randy helped prepare and fill the jars

lovin' life.

lovin’ life.

the jars are now cooling on the counter. for me one of the most satisfying parts of canning is hearing a jar pop as it cools. let the pops begin!

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