Canning Speghetti

We got 100 pounds of tomatoes yesterday and got 50 pounds of them canned today.  Will do the rest tomorrow.  The 25 pound boxes were $10 this year, they will go down to $8 later in the summer when the tomatoes are more abundant.  The canning tomatoes are not the first run, the first run or grade A boxes are more and all shipped to Market.  They are all the same size with not a mark on them.  The canning tomatoes are those that are too big or too small, or have a mark on the skin, usually near the stem end.  Never a bad one or over ripe one and never a really little one like I get out of my garden.  Some are so big it only take two to fill a jar.  We had one of those great big ones for supper last night and we each had two sandwiches (BLT) and I still have enough tomato left for two sandwiches for tonight so you can see how big some of them are.  These make canning so easy.  I got 14 quarts of spaghetti  sauce, two and a half quarts of tomato juice and still have three bowls of tomato halves to process this afternoon as cold pack tomatoes.  Not sure how many quarts that will make but guess about 4.  I also went out while the others were in the canner cooling and picked what raspberries were ripe and got another half cup of juice so this afternoon I will also make the raspberry jelly again.  I hate to try and keep the juice too long as I don’t want to take a chance of letting the juice spoil.  Tomorrow will be a repeat of today except it will be with blackberries.  Time to take a quick 5 minute nap and then back to work.  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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