Tuesday, June 03, 2014

First Canning of the Season

I made a quick stop at the produce stand yesterday morning and spotted some boxes of very ripe tomatoes for $5.00  a box.

I bought two boxes as they were perfect for canning. One box weighed approximately 33 pounds so I'm estimating that I had about 65 pounds total. 
I had to wait to start canning until after work in the evening so once dinner was over, I got started. 

Even though canning plain tomatoes in their own juice is very easy, it still takes a block of time to complete. I really wanted to get both boxes canned in one evening even with knowing I would be up really late! 

So I plowed through and the last canner full was done at 12:30 am. Thankfully, I had already had time to clean up the kitchen, start the dishwasher and put a load of laundry in the washer, so I just took the jars out of the canner and went to bed! 

Final count was 25 quart of canned tomatoes-- not too bad for $10!


Wendi said...

Wow! That is a great price. We are heading to NC the end of next week and we have been talking about hitting a produce stand or two. Fresh produce season in Indiana is a ways off.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! It will be a long time yet before tomatoes are ready here. We have had such a cold season we were just able to get our garden in last week and we still don't have everything planted.

Mary Ann said...

Pretty sure these are not local in-season tomatoes. I usually can tomatoes around my birthday which is the end of July.