Harvesting Tomato Seed

Harvesting Tomato Seed

We are going to get down and sticky with the inside of a tomato today. We are harvesting tomato seeds for next years garden. This process is a tad bit lengthy, a whole lot messy, and totally worth it. So grab a jar, gloves if your girly and all your tomatoes. Let's do this. First things first, wash those bad boys. Next you want to cut them length wise so that you are cutting the core all the way down, not just in half. Take your spoon and spoon out the seeds and its gelatin into a jar. Now if your are preserving these tomatoes, which most likely you are, take a knife and cut the core out. You'll save [...]

Canning Prep List: Quick Reference

Canning Prep List: Quick Reference

Let's talk about what we need to prepare for all our canning adventures. Canning food is a long process that is very detail oriented. Surprisingly for someone who has ADD, me, I get it and it just works. Don't ask! Ok focus, so here we we'll get down and dirty on all the goods you need for almost every canning project. This is a quick list and reference check for your canning sessions before you start. If y'all want a more in-depth post about what you need an why head on over here. Quick Reference list: 1. Depending on your project get your correct canner going first thing. That means, fill with appropriate amount of water and start heating that [...]

Canning:Jalapeños

Canning:Jalapeños

Jalapeño, don’t mind if I do. Let's can up some delicious jalapeños people. Many recipes for canning jalapeños include sugar, which helps balance the hotness of the pepper and the acidity of the vinegar. This recipe does not include it, my husband doesn't like sweet, even a hint of it, when it come to his peppers. Or anything really. This canning project is super easy. As with all canning projects get yourself ready (read here) Let's roll. First thing first, get your water bath canner boiling on the stove. That bad boy takes some time to get going. In this project I only used 8 oz jars. So you don't have to fill up your canner all the way if [...]

Canning: Tomato Sauce

Canning: Tomato Sauce

Wanna can up some tomato sauce? I know I do! Hmmmm homegrown tomato sauce, yes please. This canning project can be processed in a water bath. Tomatoes are usually a high acid food, which makes them safe for a water bath method of canning. However, not all tomatoes have the same acidity so you want to include 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Now, you may think oh I can just use fresh lemon juice from a real lemon. Unfortunately you can't, the lemon juice that comes in a jar ensure it contains the proper amount of acidity. When it comes to fresh lemons, you can't be sure that those lemons were picked and ripened to the correct acidity. [...]