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Getting Canned - first attempt at canning

Cross-posted from Local Me.

No local food journey would be complete without preserving the harvest. Freezing, drying, pickling, and...canning. I grew up with dusty glass jars shelved like aged books below the basement steps, each lid personally labeled by my mom or an aunt.

I recently ordered canning equipment through Amazon.com and set aside time on a Saturday to can crushed tomatoes, pasta sauce, and apple butter.

Tomatoes back from the market
First step: Pick up 25 pounds of tomatoes from the Union Square Greenmarket.

Scoring tomatoes
Second step: Score, peel, and cook tomatoes for a really, really long time.

Tomatoes in canning bath
Third step: Sterilize jars, fill with sauce, seal, immerse in canning bath, and boil until processed.

Canned tomatoes
Final step: Cool jars and store for up to a year.

The process was somewhat tedious and surprisingly enjoyable. I mean, what New Yorker spends a weekend afternoon canning tomatoes? My small supply would never fill the shelves below the basement steps, but I do grin whenever I open my Manhattan kitchen cupboard and see a handful of jars filled with tomato goodness.

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Tags: ball, can, canning, crushed, food, jar, local, locavore, pasta, preservation, More…preserving, sauce, tomato, tomatoes


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Comment by HOMEGROWN.org on October 27, 2011 at 2:21pm
Thanks for sharing this excellent recipe! Consider submitting it in the First-Ever End-of-Season HOMEGROWN Fair.  All you have to do is edit the title to include “HOMEGROWN Fair Submission”.  Prizes awarded to the best of the best!
Comment by Kristen on October 19, 2011 at 1:36pm
Aw, don't thank me -- they're both kind of my canning heroes. Haven't quite worked up the nerve to try it myself, but both of those blogs make it seem easy, even in a tiny NYC kitchen.
Comment by Caroline Malcolm on October 19, 2011 at 11:36am
Kristen, great link!
Comment by Jay Geneske on October 19, 2011 at 10:58am

@Caroline - apple butter was great!

@Kristen - love the site examples! thanks for passing them along.

Comment by Kristen on October 19, 2011 at 10:30am

"what New Yorker spends a weekend afternoon canning tomatoes?"


Um... lots? http://www.handjobsforthehome.com and http://www.autumnmakesanddoes.com off the top of my head...

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on October 19, 2011 at 10:19am
Jay - these look beautiful! I am tempted to do some of this myself...how did the apple butter go?



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