Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Harvest

Today, I spent my evening making and canning tomato sauce with a portion of the tomatoes from my garden. (Or should I say ... Evan's garden ... see this post). I say a portion of the tomatoes because I still have a gazillion more waiting to be diced and canned. Thanks to my dear friend, T, for motivating me and giving me a few tips on how to make the sauce.

I started out by washing the tomatoes in sink.

Then I started chopping. I chopped and I chopped and I chopped. I loaded them up in my big stock pot and began to stir and boil.

As the tomatoes were cooking I drained the juice off and kept it for later. When they were done boiling, Evan came in and helped me puree them.

Then we transferred the sauce into the jars. We added some extra spice to the leftover juices and returned it to the pot to boil some more. We then used this to fill the leftover jars. I will be able to use this yummy base to add to soups and casseroles throughout the year.

Now, a couple hours later, as I sit here on the couch, relaxing and watching a movie, I am pleased every few minutes when I hear another pop and I know that the jars are sealing! Looks like my first attempt at canning was successful. Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells.


Tereasa said...

I'm so proud of you! Wow, I never thought of saving the juice. How'd you get to be so smart?

By the way, Love new do!

Emily MacKenzie said...

You are such a little Lillian. I love it! She would be so proud of your gutsy culinary performance! :)