Saturday, September 24, 2016

Put Up Or Shut Up

I don't do a ton of canning but I do like to can up a few bits to use during the coming year.  My favorite products to can are always tomato products as I am just such a big fan of all things tomato!  Last year, the season was so bad for tomatoes that I only managed to can 3.5 jars of tomato sauce.  Pitiful.

So far this year, I've canned up nine jars of sauce, 14 jars of pineapple tomato salsa, and 13 jars of delicious tomato jam (think grown up ketchup).  I'm so tickled with how great this tomato season has been.  And this is on top of endless BLT sandwiches and tomato/mozzarella salads.  It's been a delicious summer!

I won't be canning up any jams or jellies this year because I just don't use them fast enough.  I still have a lot of what I did last year on the shelf.  They're fun to make as they come together so quickly and taste so delicious, but I just don't use much jam in my daily life.  So I try to limit what I make.  And as the tomatoes have been so much better this year, I am dubbing this the year of the tomato and running with it!

Crossing my fingers I get enough tomatoes ripe at the same time to make one more batch of tomato sauce to get me through the winter without having to use store bought sauce {not that there is anything wrong with that- I just think it's fun to taste my own organic tomatoes when it's snowing outside}.  But either way, I'm already so pleased to know I will be able to taste my summer garden until next season.  So much personal satisfaction in these photos, y'all!

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