Monday, July 13, 2009

Canning Adventures Continued!

So, when you've got a sink full of not perfect, but free tomatoes, some (free) garlic, 1 huge (free) Vadalia onion, and a couple of (free) sweet red peppers what do you think you should do?

I say clean up some canning jars and start the water bath going!

Then use your cute little princess to chop up all the garlic and onions and dice up the red peppers.

Get all the supplies lined up and ready to roll! Start the water bath now as it takes some time to get to a full boil.

Start boiling the tomatoes for a minute or so to make the skins come off easier. Peel them into a big bowl if you can't have a canning colander. (This is from over a month ago now, I could skip the peeling part now thanks to my fun twins!) Put your favorite cutting board into a big jelly roll pan to make clean up WAY easier later. Chop, chop, chop the tomatoes and get ready to have some fun! Of course, you can freeze the watery tomato juice for soup.

Saute the garlic, onion, and red peppers in some olive oil. Add the tomatoes and cook. Let them cook down until you get a nice sauce consistency. Add basil, oregano, salt, pepper and whatever other spices you like in your tomato sauce. Can it all in quart jars adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to each jar to ensure higher acid content. Water bath for 40 minutes, remove and let cool. Check seals after cooling to be sure they have all sealed, remove rings, wipe jars down and then take pictures of your accomplishment.

I seriously think I am getting addicted to posting about canning! These were done right before the pears and I ended up with 5 quarts of this yummy tomato sauce as well as enough for lunch that day. The other two quarts are peaches/nectarines that we got the same day. This was all done with produce that we picked up from our freecycle connection. When I saw what I had gotten it just made sense to turn it into sauce right away. Some easy, quick, yummy pasta meals coming our way!

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