Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tomatoes: final canning update

So, tomatoes were next...
Some funky tomatoes this year, but they didn't affect the quality :)

Tomatoes; batch 1
became this first batch of 16 quarts and 4 pints of spaghetti sauce.

Batch 2


became 13 quarts and 8 pints of sloppy joe sauce.
(4 quarts and 8 pints salsa not pictured) 

Batch 3
and THESE...
(pint and quart jars inserted for size reference)
became 16 pints of diced tomatoes
10 quarts of salsa
20 quarts and 17 pints of spaghetti
...with a bit left over

 Batch 3 was a looooooonnnnnnng day. 7:15am to 9:30pm--with help from the kids! But all the jars sealed, and at the end of the season, I have a pantry FULL of yummy canned goods.

There are still a ton of tomatoes in my garden. I've given buckets to my sisters, and am debating trying a batch of ketchup, though I'm a bit canned out.

(update--Batch 4 on Friday gave us 7 quarts and 7 pints more of salsa. I did try the ketchup and though it was pretty good, the time sacrificed was not worth the yield for one batch.)

Till next year...

Stacey Joy Netzel


  1. Those crazy, over-producing tomato plants...LOL Maybe we should go back to buying them from the greenhouse. I'm hoping to get at least enough for another batch of salsa. Your shelves look awesome, like Carmen's did when I first met her. Next year I'm getting back to all the canning I used to do. :-)

  2. Good God.

    Your shelves are actually quite scary. You're an earth mother.

    We just tried your Stacey Joy Netzel's Mexican Soup. Will post a photo. It went down very well. My chef made it!

  3. Stacey,

    You are a far better woman than I ever was. Canning--I did it 3 years in a row as a young mother and swore never again. And that was longer ago than you have had birthdays.

    I hated it that much.... :-(

    But I admire those who do--more than I would if I hadn't tried the mother earth thing.

  4. No, Donna, I like the plants you give me. Thank you! (they don't grow as good w/o your love. LOL)

    Christine, that's as far as I go, so no earth mother here. And I'd love to take credit for the soup, but have to give it all to my mother-in-law Linda.

    I have to say, I want a chef!! :)

  5. Casey, I wasn't so sure I'd like it, but there's something about those shelves of food. And there's nothing like fresh. If I remember next time we're together, I'll bring some jars for you. :) (remind me!)

  6. Stacey,

    If you keep giving your canned goods away, you won't have those shelves filled for your use. Just reminding you...

  7. Casey, for you, I'm willing to share.

  8. My husband has grown some pretty funky looking tomatoes, too. They're tough to grow here because it gets so hot, but he always gives it his best effort.