Sometimes, I believe that God has a little practical joke he plays on us. He gives us wonderful bounty...but we have to "put it up" at the hottest time of the year.
This nation is experiencing a heat wave that is unbearable for many. I am thankful for my produce...but I am also thankful that we have air conditioning. I recall growing up in the 1950's on a Michigan farm and air conditioning was something that NO ONE had...NO one! So..we had to endure and get used to it. I do have fond memories of getting into the cattle water tank and cooling off as a kid....we loved it. We did our work when the day was cool...and more after the sun went down.
I had a miserable crop of tomatoes last year. As a matter of fact, I ripped them out completely in the middle of August since I knew NOTHING would result. This year, I was a little more conservative and planted three regular plants and three plum plants. My friend, Lou from Michigan, (who's field is plant botany) advised me that my soil needed epsom salts to cure my BER!...and that is blossom end rot. She was right and today, my "crop" was ready for some puttin' up.
|The Production Line|
After washing my find...into a boiling water bath to blanch the tomatoes. You can immediately tell when they are ready since the skins start to split. Then immediately into an ice water bath to stop the cooking process.
WORD OF WARNING......this method is NOT a substitute for hot water bath canning!!
This will seal the jars and they will be ready for
|Peeled and Ready|
|Into the freshly washed pint jars|
|Vac sealing jars|
|Ready for the freezer|
I know these will be great next winter...for a nice quick pasta sauce or some other creation!
andEnjoy YOUR Wonderful World!