Monday, July 5, 2010

I’m up to my ears in tomatoes!


Do you remember these? Some of them were finally ready to be canned today.


I chose to do half of them with an Italian herb seasoning (recipe in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving).

And the other half went in au naturel.


There’s my fluke… right over there… in the bottom right corner. Yep. I canned him, too.


Here’s a batch of tomatoes all blanched and ready to peel, core, and quarter.


According to my very scientific calculations (guess-timation – you’ve heard of this method, right?), I canned somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 tomatoes today.


I should warn you, I have an unnatural affection for canning jars.


And lately, I’ve become quite obsessed with seeing these jars fill up.


Rhetta @ On Raspberry Hill said...

I can't think of anything more inviting than a pantry filled with home-canned goodies!

Blessings, Rhetta

inadvertent farmer said...

I have a similar obsession...nothing more beautiful and satisfying than a pantry full of home-canned goodies!

Your tomatoes look scrumptious...Kim

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh Melissa your tomatoes look wonderful! It's been well over 10 years since I did any canning so I'm starting from scratch with only 1 doz pint jars to make some jam. I love canning jars too...I used to have so many. The most canning I did of one veggie was over 50 jars of dill pickles...they never lasted the year! Canning was always a big thing every year. That book looks like a good one..I don't have my canning book anymore so I'm REALLY starting over but seeing your tomatoes in the jars really makes me want to get at it. Thanks for the inspiration! I hope you have a wonderful Monday...Maura :)

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

Oh Yum! Your tomatoes look so good. We (Northeast) are in a very serious drought right now with horrible heat. I'm watering and praying that my garden will produce something other than weeds! Hope you are doing well.

Melissa said...

Rhetta and Kim, my sentiments exactly!

Maura, I am SO impressed with your 50 jars of pickles! I can't even imagine doing that many. Yes, I'm a slacker it seems. I'll do as many as I can manage, then I'll ration them out come winter. And I HIGHLY recommend the book. It's FULL of wonderful recipes, canning instructions geared toward newbies, and tips for veteran canners. I love my copy! Have a great week!

Diane, we're also in the midst of a drought. I've babied my tomatoes and peppers as much as possible, but the rest has fallen victim to the lack of water. It's depressing, isn't it? Praying for rain (we got a good shower this evenign! YAY!) for both of us. : ) Melissa


Excellent. My crop isn't quite there yet; but I'm ready.

Berit said...

I love canning jars! :D

I also love spice islands brand stuff--all the ones I've tried have been great! Beautiful tomatoes and canned goods, too. :D