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Canning Tomatoes

Posted on October 6th, 2013 by Susanna

canned tomatoesIt’s been a good year for tomatoes in our garden. We started this summer with a goal to can as many tomatoes as we could, and we’ve done pretty well. We’ve picked a dozen or so large tomatoes per week and made a few cans of salsa and sauce. We found this great asparagus pot at goodwill- and it works PERFECTLY for canning a single jar without wasting a ton of water to fill a large pot.

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Since canning a few here and there from our garden just doesn’t add up we decided to find some to buy at a good price. Dan found a great deal at a local farmer’s market and we bought 25 pounds of Roma tomatoes and canned them whole. It took a while but we ended up with 12 jars of whole tomatoes. I think with a few more from our garden and my mom’s garden we might just last the winter without having to buy tomatoes! Much better than our canning efforts in 2011.

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A Lovely Christmas

Posted on January 24th, 2012 by Dan

I wanted to title this post, A Loafly Christmas, but I thought it was too lame.

It’s a bit late, but I wanted to share a few presents from my lovely wife. First, one that she out a lot of effort into and handmade all by herself: a bread board.  She made it from walnut boards her dad had from a walnut tree that fell on their property years ago. It’s perfect for slicing bread and displaying breads at the table.

My latest ciabatta, thanks to another Christmas gift from Susanna, turned out light and porous. I had heard that you could use unglazed quarry tile instead of an expensive pizza stone and she set off on a wild goose chase to find me some. These are 6×6 inches and fairly inexpensive; I line the middle rack with 6 of them placing free-loaf breads and pizzas right on the super hot tiles.

And while we’re on the subject of Christmas, we made pumpkin butter from our Halloween pumpkins and preserved them for Christmas gifts for pretty much everyone. Susanna made some labels for the top and we put together a label with some suggestions for use.

It was a good Christmas.

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Canning Tomatoes

Posted on September 11th, 2011 by Susanna

Yesterday, Dan canned tomatoes he bought from the farmer’s market. (Unfortunately not from our garden, we didn’t have much success with tomatoes in this super dry, then super wet summer) It was enough tomatoes to half fill our sink (and our sink is big).

sink of tomatoes

After boiling them for a bit, he peeled the skins off. Mason jars were also boiled to sterilize.

Peeled tomatoes

We ended up having to buy a big pot to fit all the jars and then all the tomatoes. Not sure where we’ll store this thing now.new huge pot

And the end product: 4 jars of fresh, local, organic tomatoes!canned tomatoescanned tomatoes