I am not sure what I used to do with my downtime before summer. Why? Well, I spend a significant time watering gardens. If I work in the mornings are Mojo's, I usually water the little garden we have going there. Then, in the evenings I water the garden in the backyard of the house I'm "sitting" currently. I also keep up with the watering of the garden growing in the Baker's backyard. It adds up.
Thankfully, we have managed to keep some of our plants alive, even if they are ridiculously sad looking. Hey, at least they are producing... sometimes.
The gardens at the Sharp's and Baker's households are starting to produce a lot of tomatoes. I usually pick a few every single day, which makes me think we don't have tons and tons. False.
Instead, it was the kitchen table that let me know that, yes, it was time to deal with these babies.
|These were just from the Sharp's garden|
|These were from the Baker's garden|
So, this afternoon Leah and I canned some tomatoes
|Check the biodiversity in this jar! "Purple" tomatoes on the bottom, red in the middle, and yellow on top!|
|It gets a little messy|
|...and gross looking|
And, of course, we ended our canning time/sister time with coffee time. yum.
Canned diced tomatoes
Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch tomatoes for about a minute, or until the skins look like they are going to come off. Remove from water and transfer to another bowl filled with cold water. Peel, core and dice tomatoes. Cut into quarters. Press firmly into sterile jars, so that tomato juice fills the spaces, leaving 1/2 inch head space.
1 t sugar per quart (so 1/2 t sugar for pints)
1/2 t salt per quart (1/4 salt for pints)
2 T lemon juice per quart (1 T for pints)
Tighten lids and process for 60 minutes in boiling water bath.*
*Update: It is extremely important that you keep an eye on the water level. When cooking pints, the boiling time is only about 30 minutes. If you let it go too long, the water will boil down and the pan will start to burn. Eventually the tomato cans will explode. Not even kidding. Keep a level head.