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  • Canning Tomatoes

    My husband and I were super excited to start a garden when we moved in to our current house. We had a few herb and tomato pots when we lived in our apartment, but an actual plot in the back yard is way better! I'm not sure how, but every year it seems to double in size.

    Ryan loves to try something new every year--this year's new adventure was spaghetti squash. We got three little squashies out of it, gave two away and discovered bugs in the one we kept! That's okay though, spaghetti squash isn't our favorite vegetable anyway. Oh, back to tomatoes.

    My husband is a web developer and works from home, so he enjoys stepping outside a few times a day to get his hands dirty and some fresh air. He does most of the outside work and I do a good portion of the inside work. Yesterday we canned tomatoes! Whenever I think of canning vegetables, I think of how my mom would do it--buckets and buckets full and it would take ALL day, if not multiple days.

    But that's not how we do it. 

    If we have 10-20 tomatoes that look like they may turn bad before we can eat them, I just spend a few hours canning those few extras and that's it! I can get the whole process completed between making lunch and dinner. That's what I'm talking about!

    I took lots of pictures yesterday to write my own tutorial, but then while searching a few websites to see WHY you don't have to use a pressure canner {I know it is because the tomatoes are acidic, but what exactly is the relationship between acid and bacteria that makes it so you don't have to worry?}, I came across this great already-crafted tutorial on how to can tomatoes by Jacinda and Jaime! It was VERY similar to my process {I should totally use fresh lemon juice next time, though}! 

    I am not here to share how to do something the same way everyone else does, just with my pictures and my writing. I'm interested in sharing how to do things I had to figure out on my own--that if I had someone else to show me how, it would have taken me a lot less time! So head on over to Prudent Baby and can yourself some tomatoes!