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.