Even though our garden didn’t produce much produce (ha) this summer that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been canning like crazy.
We have purchased well over 300 pounds of tomatoes in the past month for $89.50. While this was a great deal it sure seems strange to pay for tomatoes when I usually want to give them away by this point in the season.
(There was another set of boxes that my husband picked up on Friday that I didn’t even take a picture of.)
So, what did I do with that many tomatoes? I canned over 100 jars of tomato juice and sauce (mostly quarts). I also made a few jars of salsa and we enjoyed some fresh spaghetti sauce for a few meals.
To make tomato sauce I usually cook the sauce in the oven all day.
I process pints for 35 minutes and quarts for 40 minutes in a water bath canner.
When I can tomato juice I bring it to a boil in a large pot on the stove and boil it for about 10 minutes.
For tomato juice I process pints for 40 minutes and quarts for 45 minutes in a boiling water bath.
I also add 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice before adding the tomato juice to the jars.
(I have included a couple of affiliate links in this post. If you purchase something from one of those links I will get a few cents and you will get a great deal.)
In the past I have simply cut the tomatoes and then run them through my juicer . However, these past few weeks I have been taking my mom’s advice to boil them for a few minutes before running them through the strainer.
After the tomatoes have boiled I let them cool a little and then run them through the juicer (affiliate link). It is amazing how effortless the job is when I take the time to do this first.
However, I still end up making a mess sometimes.
No, this isn’t a crime scene, it’s tomato juice.
Processing all of these tomatoes is one of the reasons my blogging has been sporadic of late. For me, real life takes precedence over computer time.
Anyway, I think I am done with tomatoes for this year. Hopefully, I will have better luck with my garden next year and I won’t have to buy any tomatoes.
Have you canned any tomatoes this year?