Monday, August 11, 2008

Canning, part deux

After my first canning exerience, I couldn't wait to go back to the hardware store for more jars, this time I got jelly jars.

Making jam was fairly quick and easy. I made up a batch of peach (for Ricardo) and blueberry (for me) jam.

I had a bunch more tomatoes, and this time I decided to be more ambitious and make tomato sauce. Otherwise known as the magic tomato shrinking process.

I just had to show off my biggest tomato so far, it's a heirloom named "mortgage lifter." The story behind it is that the tomatoes were so big that the farmer was able to pay off his mortgage.

After peeling, coring, seeding and chopping, two big bowls of tomatoes become one.

And they continue to shrink after they're put through the food processer and put on the stove.

In the end after many hours of boiling, I'm left with 2 and a half quarts of sauce. But hey, that's gonna be one heck of a lasagne on Christmas Eve.

And here's my collection, ready for the pantry. I've already been combing the cookbooks for my next experiment.

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