Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Preserving The Bounty: Tomatoes
One of my goals for preserving this summer was to can jars of tomatoes to use through the winter. I was fortunate to meet a farmer at the local market who was willing to give me a good price.
I ordered 50 pounds of ripe "canning" tomatoes from him and ended up with about 60 pounds for $25. This was less than the price he'd quoted me and when I questioned him, he told me that if I had not asked for them, he most likely would've had to throw them away as most folks wouldn't want to buy them that ripe.
I was happy that not only was I canning local produce, but also helping to prevent waste by getting these tomatoes!
My mom helped me to work these up since I'd never canned tomatoes before. We ended up with 21 quart and 5 pint of canned tomatoes. I don't know if this amount will get us completely through the winter but it will be a very good start!
Cost: Just under $1 a quart, a little electricity and several hours of work!