Canning. Does anyone can every year or season? What do you can? Beans? Corn? Sauces? Jams and Jellys? Juices?
Last night I had what felt like close to 10lbs of Tomatos. Give or take a few lbs.
I boiled and canned all of my Tomatos lastnight so they wouldn't go bad. I got more yield from my Tomato plants this year then what I had in the last 2 years which I'm grateful but would've been more grateful if I had more then what I did.
I Planted 12 Rutger Tomato plants. 8 of them did not do any good, the remaining 4 I Planted here at my house, and they took off like wildfire. Maybe it was the soil, maybe it was the sun, I don't know, but I had more from those 4 then I had in a long time.
I only had enough Tomatos to Process 4 Pints of Juice. It's well under what I wanted for the season, but I guess I'll have to do with what I have, maybe next year things will be better.
For anyone who is interested, here is the recipe I use to can and process my Juice.
Water Bath Canner or any Kettle
Quarter up your Tomatos, Core them and cut bad spots out.
Take about 1/4 of the quarter up Tomatos and blend them to make juice.
Pour in a kettle with the Quartered Tomatos and start boiling with lid off, the object is to boil off the water to thicken the juice.
If you wanted added flavor, add Carrots, Celery, Peppers or other veggies.
Boil for an hour until the quartered tomatos are soft. Put in a Food Mill and seperate the juice from the skin and seeds. If you got a Juicer, you can juice them the modern way.
Put juice without the skin and seeds back in the kettle and boil for another 5 to 10 minutes or until thickness is desired. If you wante Tomato Paste, boil til thick.
In the mean time, if you have a dishwasher, Sani-wash your jars to heat them up, on a side burner, heat up the lids and have your water bath up and ready.
Ladle in your Juice or paste into 1 Pint Jars to about 1/2 to 1/4 head room, put 1/4 tsp. Pickling Salt in each Jar, Put on lid, screw it on til its a little firm, then another 1/4 turn there after and toss into the water bath canner.
Process in Boiling water for 10 to 15 minites, Pull out and put on Towls overnight, check lids to see if it's sealed, if not refridgeate it.
That's all there is to it. Enjoy your Juice!