In our little area we have a neighbor that does a garden for all of us to share. It is beautiful and it was so fun to go over and pick Roma tomatoes and peppers of many varieties.
Here is my stash:
Next it was time to peel the tomatoes. It was so simple to do. Just wash the tomatoes, score them with a little "cross" on their end, put into boiling water for a couple of minutes, then into ice water. Like magic the skins just peel off!
I skinned a bunch of tomatoes for stewed tomatoes, salsa and Italian herb tomatoes. I followed recipes that I had found on the web and in my cookbook. I found out in my reading that it is important to follow a recipe that is specific for canning so that the acid level is correct and cooking time is correct for that specific recipe.
After the recipes were complete it was time for the jars. After washing them I began to fill them according to the directions. A little space needs to be left at the top and the recipe will tell you how much. You also need to stir out the air bubbles.
Once filled into the pressure cooker they went. It is really important for you to read your directions that go with your particular pressure cooker so I won't go into instructions on that. I will say though that I was so excited to see the steam and the gauge at work!
My first day of canning yielded me some yummy tomato products and I cannot wait to do more of this. It was so satisfying and I would highly recommend taking a Saturday to try this if you have not already done so!
Have you canned? What is your favorite thing to can?