Friday, August 31, 2007

You Are Canned!

The in-laws planted two tomato plants which I have been harvesting constantly. We have the beefsteak variety and the roma variety. To can, or not to can? I have to. My mom did it, I can do it. Of course, when she did it, she had no air conditioning and it was 95 degrees out. I should turn off the air, so that I can have that same experience? No. The canning process, combined with my ever-present hot flashes will simulate "the old days" just fine.

My neighbors gave me a two boxes of tomatoes last year..which I canned. I just used the last one. Lovely. Nothing better than opening a jar of "fresh tomatoes".

I'll be back to write about it...and when we get our new computer, I'll post some pics too!

If you have some ruby red delicious tomatoes that you want canned, bring em over by Sunday! I think I'll make some salsa as well!

[canning links: www.paulnoll.com/Oregon/Canning/index.html ] Also, Ball has a website.

9 comments:

Hahn at Home said...

Mel - sounds yummy. New computer::perk::whatcha' gettin'?

Anonymous said...

Mel, I have tomatoes comin out of my ears. I took on the garden, but have no clue about the canning. I remember canning with Mom but have no idea how she did it. Once you get the skins off and put them in the jars, what do you add? Or do you add anything?

Anonymous said...

By the way, the photo does look like it was taken at Ellis Island.

Anonymous said...

By the look on John's face, he didn't have to be quarantined.

Melly said...

By the look on mine, I did! LOL.

Have fun on your vacation Pat!

BTW..you don't have to post anon. You can post *other and you don't have to have a web page.

Melly said...
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Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

I had to delete my own post..it was too long.

On canning: I always refer to my Ball Blue Book and I'll add some links for helpful websites.

Don't confuse the Ball Blue Book with the Blue Balls Book. A whole nother set of directions, and they don't work with tomatoes!
http://www.freshpreserving.com
http://www.paulnoll.com

for the other http://www.blueballs.com :)

Melly/Melody/or Mel said...
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Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

Hey..that blueballs website is real! it was a joke when I wrote it down. Don't go there...unless you really do have blue balls and don't know what else to do.

Sorry about that..I'll check it out next time..er, no I won't check that out..er,a..the other 2links are helpful and useful for canning tomatoes.