In the meantime, a couple weeks ago, I canned some tomatoes. This really brought back memories. When I was a kid and the rest of the kids were out playing that last day before school started, I was with my mom in our basement putting up many quarts of tomatoes. Of course that was not how I wanted to spend my last care-free day of summer, but I do have many fond memories helping my mom and now that she is not here, I think of her whenever I do any canning.
The tomatoes were from our garden and I had just enough to make six quarts. Here are the steps I followed:
First washed the tomatoes and prepared for the scalding step
I placed the tomatoes in my second sink and poured boiling water (plug in!) over them and let them sit for about 3 minutes
The jars are set in the canner and filled with water about 1" over the tops of jars
I used my mom's canner this day
After it comes to a boil, boil for 35 minutes. Remove and when you hear a PING, you know the lids are sealed.
I was pleased that I got 6 quarts this day! I use these to make homemade spaghetti sauce and pizza. I'm hoping to get a few more before the garden is done.
For my mom and grandmother, thanks for the memories! I would give anything to be back in the basement!
Do any of you have canning memories? I would love to hear them!!