One of the great benefits of the Old Hickory Community Garden is attending our classes on anything to do with what we produce from the garden. Our classes are open to anyone! Last week Jan Glover led us on a cannin’ ride with tomatoes. A few of us met in the kitchen at the Old Hickory Baptist Church with out tomatoes and open minds to capture the knowledge this woman has. She mentioned that she has put up over 5000 jars of goodies. She had not canned or gardened in several years. I think we may have inspired her to get back to it!
Canning tomatoes is pretty simple. Just remember to keep everything clean! Check out the UT Ag Extension website for directions and recipes.
Tools of the craft.
Not tomatoes, but usually at our get togethers we bring stuff from or made from the garden. Ashley made these yummy pickles!!
Checking the rim for nicks and blanching the tomatoes to remove the skins.
The stove. What a stove!!
Packing the tomatoes.
Before we packed the tomatoes we added a TSP of vinegar and before putting the seal on we add some salt.
We add the jars to the boiling pot.
Details from the stove.
Jars are ready to be lifted from the pot.
A jar lifter will be your best friend.
Ta Da!! Jars of home grown tomatoes.
So yesterday I put up 12 half pints of tomatoes. It was a messy job and I will be very happy come the fall and winter when I want some fresh pasta sauce or fresh tomatoes for chilli. Next up! Pasta sauce and maybe salsa!