Canning Tomato Sauce

We went to the farmer’s market in McMinnville first thing this morning.  Great selection of vegetables but I was most interested in the canning tomatoes.  I got three 20-25 boxes of wonderful looking tomatoes.  Two of them were $12 a box and one for $15 a box.  Then I got a basket of apples just like before only this time I will use them all for apple jelly but that will not be until Friday or Saturday.  We went then to Walmart and got the few things we needed such as eggs, sugar and canning lids.  You have to use new lids to besure the seal is good otherwise you do all that work and then the tomatoes can spoil.  We got home at 10:30 and went right to work on the tomatoes.  I cut the onions and garlic and sauteed those, then added the spices for the Marinarad Sauce and by that time the water was hot to blanch the tomatoes for peeling.  We worked until 1 o’clock and by that time the sauce was on cooking and we could stop of dinner.  We rested just a bit while the chicken fried and when we finished eating, doing the dishes and took a short nap we went back to the sauce which by then was done and we loaded 7 quart jars and now they are in the pressure canner.  By four o’clock those will be able to come out of the canner and we can put in the last 7 quarts and be done for the day.  We also got 4 quarts of tomato juice but will wait until tomorrow to process those.  We did up one and a half boxes of the tomatoes.  Tomorrow we will cook up the other box and a half and do what tomatoes we have from our own garden.  We will process 14 more quarts of Marinara Sauce and 7 jars of juice.  If there is any tomato sauce left I will save it to go in the zuchinni that will be ready to pick and can on Friday.  If there isn’t any I will have to get some more tomatoes from the garden and make a little more sauce.  Then by Saturday I will be ready to pick and can beans again.  This is a very busy time of year if you have a good year on a farm and this one is turning into a pretty good year inspite of the heat and drought.   We will look for tomatoes each Wednesday at the market until we have enough sauce made for everyone.  We all like to have speghetti once a week so that is a lot of sauce.  Oh, I make a chunky Marinara Sauce, then if we don’t use the whole quart I put it in the food processor and it becomes pizza sauce but we do like the chunks of tomato and onions in the speghetti sauce.  Now I want to go over to see if I have this recipe on my Canning and Freezing page.  I will try and get the next month of Web’s diary on tonight if I don’t run out of steam before I fall asleep.  I’m not as young as I used to be, but once I am as good as I ever was.  We will see how I feel by Friday.   Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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