Let the canning begin!

I finally washed up the tomatoes, took out the kettles, and did up the first batch of the 2017 season. In the end there are 4 quarts of juice and 6 quarts and one pint of the best spaghetti sauce that I have ever made. I say that because I know the flavor is always there, but this time, I figured out how to reduce the excess juice without boiling it forever, thus the 4 quarts of juice on the side. I strained off as much juice as possible and ran it through the jelly cone before I dumped the blanched-peeled tomatoes into the stock pot. In the end I  pureed a couple of tomatoes and added them to the juice to at least have some pulp. I also added 1/2 a teaspoon of canning salt, sugar and lemon juice to each quart.

Spaghetti and juice

For the spaghetti sauce I must have had about 6 quarts of tomatoes in the stock pot. I heated it on medium and added: 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup canning salt and nearly a full cup of Italian seasoning and a shake of garlic salt. I usually stir it up and heat it just below a boil then check the flavor before I put it in jars. Each batch to me is a bit different because the flavor really depends on the tomatoes. Tonight I didn’t need to do anything else to it. I filled clean quart jars and sealed them up. After 20 minutes of boiling in a canner kettle, I set them out to seal, and happily all of them have. James thinks that we should have spaghetti for supper tomorrow night. We shall see.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. crazywriterof6
    Oct 26, 2017 @ 13:42:38

    Wow, 50.. I think we are planning on using the plants we grow for salsa and then buying tomato paste (It’s so cheap), etc, for making and canning large batches of sauces, pizza, spaghetti and so on.

    I still sit amazed at how many tomatoes it takes to get 1 quart of sauce. I don’t think the majority of people realize the amazing amount of work it takes to do it.

    Thank you!

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  2. crazywriterof6
    Oct 26, 2017 @ 13:02:53

    How many tomatoes/plants do you think? The idea of having my own garden is strong. I just don’t know if I can grow enough to be worth making our spaghetti sauces out of.

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    • lucindalines
      Oct 26, 2017 @ 13:17:43

      It depends on how much you want. This year I had 20 roma plants and about 5 of the big boy and 5 or 6 of the celebrity. I plan to increase the celebrity because they seemed to have the best flavor for me. The big boys used to be my favorites, but lately I can’t seem to get them to do much. There were years I planted 50 plants, but I am not that young anymore. Good luck and anything at all is a start. Maybe 5 or 10 plants for a first year would be good.

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  3. Missy's Crafty Mess
    Sep 26, 2017 @ 14:18:18

    What time is dinner?

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