My dad has a HUGE garden that he plants every year, and he shares with all of us girls. He brought me two grocery sacks full of tomatoes, so I went online to check out some ideas that people had for canning them. I found a tutorial with pictures on Rhoda’s blog here that has a great way of explaining it. Not to mention it seemed pretty easy, and I had all of the stuff…meaning salt lol!
So I started cranking out some batches, but to be honest, I just chopped my tomatoes up pretty small and left the skins on. The only difference is that there will be little pieces of skins in the stuff I cook, but that doesn’t really bother me. It was super quick and EASY to do this, and I put away quite a few jars for the year! I have already used it to make chili…twice :-). It was perfect!!
So hopefully if you have a garden full of tomatoes, or if you are gifted some, you can put it back to use throughout the year. I can’t wait to open this in January/February and be reminded of summer! It’s also a good money saving idea, basically your only expense is salt and jars if you have the tomatoes already. So literally pennies per jar, as opposed to a good $1- $1.50 at the store. Yay!
P.S.– this is the jar that I won 2nd place on at the fair this year 😀