**summer is just a around the corner and this post has been long overdue from last fall. better late than never, right?
last year as summer transitioned to fall, my neighbor & i decided to combine the last of all our tomatoes from the garden for canning. i’ve always been curious about canning & pickling but was kind of timid of the process. also its confusing that its not actually going in a “can” but a glass a jar. luckily my neighbor/gf had a friend & her mom who were seasoned canners & picklers. They were all so very kind to give us a step-by-step lesson one afternoon.
clean & chopped up tomatoes
the smaller cherry ones can stay as is.
ready to boil
down they go
grinding it down to a pulp
the fresh tomato juice
ready to boil w/ a bit of lemon juice
prepping for bottling
in the meantime, getting a taste of our host’s pickled cucumbers & beets. i couldn’t stop eating the beets. they were insanely good!
carefully scooping the hot liquid into the jars. making sure not to fill it to the rim.
when all is filled…
wipe clean for capping
capped and ready to go into the boiling water
carefully lift out listen for a sweet little pop
the final product: