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I still have a problem! It’s a nice problem to have but it’s still a problem. Here is last week’s harvest.

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And here is this week’s harvest.

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Yep! My tomato plants are still going crazy and I need to find more ways to use all these tomatoes. I figured another way to use them was to can some of them. Last weekend we stopped by our neighbors’ parent’s house for a visit and to buy some lemonade. You see their daughters were manning a lemonade stand while their parents were having a garage sale. We were there just to visit but as I was walking up to the lemonade stand what do I happen to see? Yep, a canning pot and rack. I asked, how much? She said $3.00. I said “Sold”. I then explained that I had been looking for a canning pot as I had so many tomatoes and need to preserve some of them. I even had looked at Target when I picked up a Weber Kettle on clearance. (Fortunately I didn’t find one) Later on she said “I won’t take anything for it except a jar of salsa”. Yes! Well here it is all cleaned up.

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The canning recipe’s I was following called for peeled tomatoes so I set up my assembly line to peel them all. First I washed all the tomatoes.

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I cut an “X” into the bottom of each tomato.

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I started boiling some water in a sauce pan and set up a cool down / ice bath.

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What you do is drop in 4 or 5 tomatoes into the boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds to blanch them. I then drop each one into the cool water and then the ice water.

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The skin comes off really easy after this.

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Here are they all are after skinning.

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Here are the fruits of my labors.

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3 quart jars of tomatoes packed in they own juice

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and 3 pint jars of DerHusker’s Fireworks Salsa

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And here is her bottle of salsa as payment for the canning pot.

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Thanks for looking.

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You do know that you should be using a canning pressure cooker for tomatoes. You might want to freeze them. The salsa should be okay if they have vinegar added.

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Husker - when life deals you tomatoes, make salsa, canned tomatoes, and BBQ! Those tomatoes will be absolutely wonderful during November when you want some wonderful tasting tomatoes for a cook! Lovely pics. Kudos, kudos, kudos!

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