Monday, August 11, 2008

My latest obsession: canning

Our tomato harvest is starting to become unmanageable, so I've decided to take on canning as my latest project. I've never canned before, but I bought some books, read some websites and got some advice from others. My local hardware store had all the supplies I needed, and I had about 40 tomatoes on hand, so here we go!

I decided to start with tomatoes packed in water because that process seemed a little easier than others. Here are my guinea pigs, ready to be skinned, cored and quartered.

I wasn't sure that giant pot would fit on my stove! The whole process was different than I expected -- more like a science project than a cooking project, but it was very satisfying...

Especially at the end when I ended up with these five beauties!


Domestic Diva said...

I have always thought about canning.... Did you use a pressure cooker or just a regular old pot? My tomatos are getting a little outta control and I can freeze anything else. (no more freezer space, lol)

Jen said...

I used a canning pot that comes with a rack inside for the jars. (It's the big black pot on the stovetop photo.) It only costs about $25.