Done For Now

One round of tomatoes
@BettyB (4221)
Summerville, South Carolina
May 13, 2017 6:32am CST
I finished canning the first round of tomatoes for the summer of 2017. I ended up with 14 quarts of salsa, 23 quarts of sauce, and 3 pints of chopped tomatoes. I’ll do more later this summer, but I’m done for now.
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@marlina (73883)
• Canada
13 May 17
Congratulations, it is a lot of work. We still did not put any plant in the ground here: too cold.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
Don't worry. Spring and summer are coming.
@DianneN (78465)
• United States
13 May 17
You certainly did a fast job of it. It looks fabulous!!!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
It's not nearly as much work as people think it is. I worked on them off and on for four days. It wasn't a nonstop process. The salsa is the most work. Making sauce is easy.
• Midland, Michigan
13 May 17
I didn't realize you could get two crops out of some vegetables in the year, or did you purchase the tomatoes from a store rather than using your own yield from a garden? When we've canned from our garden, when growing up, we did the canning only in the fall. I've not canned since I was in my twenties. Mostly because I'm too busy. I figure when my girls get married and if I've retired by then, maybe I can teach them how and begin doing it for us again too.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
Here in the south we can get two crops of a lot of vegetables. The tomatoes in my garden are not ripe yet. I bought the tomatoes at the farmer's market. When buying by the box (25 pounds) they're cheap. They're not locally grown. they came from Florida. The local tomatoes will go on sale the middle of June.
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• Midland, Michigan
16 May 17
@BettyB June still sounds early. They've not even begun planting in this area or if they have it's been since I travelled those roads and the seed is still under the earth. They actually may not begin planting many crops until after Memorial Day as we could still get a frost that late. We have a Farmer's Market here too, but I've never heard of anyone canning from produce they didn't plant, not that no one does, I just don't know them.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
@MarshaMusselman Summer starts early here. I'll be picking summer squash in another day or two. The beans need to be picked as well. the tomatoes are getting big but they haven't started to turn. Most of my family lives in Minnesota and North Dakota. They're talking about their gardens and going through seeds, but nothing is in the ground yet.
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@just4him (117272)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 May 17
Very nice. I see you take the outer rings off the jars. My mother never did.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
The rings are not necessary once the jar is sealed. I take them off and reuse them. That way I only have to buy the lids.
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@just4him (117272)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 May 17
@BettyB My mother always reused the rings as well.
@Nawsheen (23076)
• Mauritius
13 May 17
You did a great job for sure. It looks so neat. Well done
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
Thanks. I enjoy canning tomatoes and my salsa is always a big hit.
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@Nawsheen (23076)
• Mauritius
17 May 17
@rebelann (41404)
• El Paso, Texas
13 May 17
Now that's a talent I wish I had learned. Do you keep all of that in a refrigerator?
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
The jars are sealed so no, they don't need to be refrigerated. Canning tomatoes is not hard. The first year is usually expensive as you have to buy a hot water bath and the jars, but after that its just the cost of the tomatoes.
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@rebelann (41404)
• El Paso, Texas
16 May 17
I will have to look that up @BettyB who knows, maybe I can teach myself. If I can get out of my lazy mode ..... as if that's gonna happen ..... I'd like to learn how to make my own salsa.
@Corbin5 (106593)
• United States
13 May 17
That was a lot of work, but well worth the effort!!!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
It was worth it but I can't take all the credit. My husband helped.
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@Corbin5 (106593)
• United States
13 May 17
@allknowing (65225)
• India
13 May 17
I admire you. With no assistance amazing how you did so much of work.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
My husband helped, some.
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@allknowing (65225)
• India
14 May 17
@BettyB Even then it is a huge task
@silvermist (20100)
• India
14 May 17
@BettyB That is quite an achievement.They look nice arranged like that.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
Thanks. They've been moved to a shelf in the closet in one of the spare bedrooms. That's one of the problems of canning so much. the jars need to be stored.
@andriaperry (50702)
• United States
14 May 17
Did you buy tomatoes? Mine are just now blooming. I also home can and I bought a sauce maker so this year I will make more products.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
I have tomatoes in my garden, but when I can I usually go to the farmer's market. The tomatoes are cheap and then I can get them done all at once.
• Philippines
14 May 17
That's a lot of tomatoes in the jar, how long do you think before it expires?
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
The jars are seals so they will last. We usually use them within a year.
@Susan2015 (20600)
• United States
13 May 17
That was a lot to do.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
16 May 17
It goes fast.
@sol_cee (15532)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
13 May 17
That's a lot of lycopene.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
Yep. I'll be doing more later this summer.
@Juliaacv (30425)
• Canada
13 May 17
You are really ambitious-good for you to get a head-start on the canning.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
The trip to the Farmer's Market was an impulse. I'm glad I went.
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@garymarsh6 (14086)
• United Kingdom
13 May 17
Well done you. I admire anyone who preserves their own foods. It is much better for you as you know what you put into it rather than buying processed stuff. I wish we all did this. Perhaps you might have started a trend. I am very interested about drying fruit and stuff. I read about it. I believe in the USA they have some machines or oven things that specifically dry out the fruit. I am not sure they sell them over here! It is incredibly expensive to buy dried fruit here!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
I have a small tabletop dehydrator. I know they have them on Amazon. I mostly use mine to dry herbs and make apple rollups.
@prashu228 (25811)
• India
13 May 17
Is it a ketchup or pickles? Its interesting, the color ,jars everything is apt..how does it taste?
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
I make it all into salsa and tomato sauce for spaghetti.
@responsiveme (16336)
• India
13 May 17
Looks really good those glass containers...You must be needing a real large larder
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
13 May 17
I've got a set of shelves in one of the spare bedrooms. I store them there.
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
16 May 17
My parents would do that many but we don't even plant our gardens until a week from now. When we had a garden we canned too but not any more...