Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Canning Tomatoes

My current life in pictures......




Yep, maters are coming in here in Michigan. I love them. I have about 50 plants and it won't be near enough for canning. I can about 180 quarts each year. Why, you ask? I have no idea. I love the home canned tomatoes more than the store bought ones. I'm OCD, so ... I like the idea of it. The system to it, I guess. I also like the idea that I grew them and then in the dead of winter, I can open something grown myself and make a great pot of chilli. Also, You Know Who, thinks it's amazing. He thinks it's some kind of magical powers that I possess that I can do this. It's the least I can do for him since I spend all the money he earns on fabric. Yes, I earn it too, but he's the one who is out at 3 a.m. all winter fixing furnaces. So....that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I'll be back when I run out of tomatoes or my back gives out.

Oh....and ... that poor sad large canning pot....I have a big fancy pressure cooker for canning. I don't care for it. Four of my wonderful Aunts in Tennesse went together to buy it for me and I love them so much for doing it, but I love this poor rusty old pathetic pot. Something to be said for keeping with traditions maybe. I've used this one for years. I should throw it out, but I never will. The bottom will have to rust away before I give it up. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

11 comments:

Suzan said...

Isn't it wonderful how you can fool men sometimes with just the simplest things? :) Your 'maters look good.

Carol VR said...

I love tomotoes. Have you grown the tiny tims too???

Linda said...

Looks good! :D

Lori said...

Yummy in my tummy! Funny how the "old things" work better.

Michele said...

Beautiful tomatoes. I don't actually like to *eat* them, though.

And for heaven's sake, don't throw out the pressure canner. You need it for green beans!

Gypsy Quilter said...

I can hear that lid popping/sealing noise all the way over here. You've been busy.

Bethany said...

Looks good. I used to help my mom can all kinds of stuff. My understanding is you can't can on a ceramic stove due to uneven heat so I'm stuck.

creativedawn said...

You may not be able to get to the sewing but the "maters" will be ohhhh sooooo yummy in the winter! I miss the homemade canned tomatos! Happy canning and quilting!
hugz
Pam

vtquilter said...

Wow, I can't believe you have so many tomato's! I got a half bushel canned yesterday... My canner is very like yours only the lid matches the canner and I love it!

Connie said...

I'm with you--in the dead of winter, sauce and/or canned maters just brings back enough of summer to make me feel better all day! They just taste so darn good!

Pat H. said...

Mmmmmmmmm I can smell them cooking! I miss the home canned veggies in the winter too.

Pat H.