How To Can Tomatoes- Is it Really Going to Save Money?


plant.jpgTo Can or Not to Can: that is the question.  Yesterday I wrote how we save money by growing vegetables in our garden. I decided today to take it one step further and can some of the tomatoes that were overgrowing the garden. Please call me crazy.  I am still not done and I started about three hours ago!  This takes a lot more time than I thought it would.  This is an actual picture of one of our tomato plants.  It is over 5 feet tall!

plant2.jpg I anticipate getting more tomatoes off these plants.  There are some green tomatoes growing currently.

bigtomato.jpg Look how big these tomatoes are!!  I’ve never seen any this big.

boiling.jpg This was my process: dip the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1 minute, shock them in an ice bath, remove skin and seeds from inside, sterilize jars, put tomatoes in jar, make sure there was no air in them, seal, and put in canner.  I know it sounds easy, but trust me, it was a lot of work!  Honestly I don’t think this was a money saving endeavor, but what can I do?  (pun intended)  The first batch is sitting in my dining room and I hope they seal.  If they don’t, I’m going to have to put them in the freezer, and I really don’t have all that much space in the freezer.  Plus, all the time that I spent on doing this would be wasted!

I think I would have saved (or made) more money had I taken them to the farmer’s market this morning.  If I would have done that, I would have saved time and energy.  I hope that my efforts are not fruitless come winter, and these canned tomatoes are better than any other tomato I’ve eaten.  I can make spaghetti sauce, chili, and a whole lot of other dishes.  Plus, they are in glass jars versus aluminum and I like that.

Do you think it’s worth it to can your own vegetables? 

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6 thoughts on “How To Can Tomatoes- Is it Really Going to Save Money?

  1. Todd A says:

    The ONE time it is worth it to can your own vegetables is when (for some reason unknown to me) you enjoy the process. When it is your hobby.

    The rest of the time, I don’t know who could possibly think it makes financial sense to spend that much time (on top of the requisite supplies) to can your own vegetables, instead of purchasing them at the rate of 68 cents per can.

    But, I know some people like to garden …


  2. Catherine says:

    Oh, this is SO NOT WHAT I WANT TO HEAR RIGHT NOW! I just finished buying supplies to start canning myself. I plan to can jelly & jam (because I just don’t have enough room in the freezer for anymore freezer jam). But I am currently waiting to get a good deal on some ripe peaches or berries. I made strawberry jelly at the beginning of the summer and it was so delicious that I would love to be able to have it year-round. I’m hoping that canning is more fun for me than it is for you!

    Also, from what I’ve read, you can re-can if they don’t seal the first time around. You just have to use new lids, I think. Check Ball’s website.


  3. Mrs Money says:

    Todd- No thanks! I am not doing this as a hobby. I buy the majority of our food organic, so it would be more than 68 cents a can, but it still would be worth it to me. This was too stressful!

    Catherine- I think that homemade canned jellies are amazing. There is nothing that tastes as good as that. Three of my jars didn’t seal. I threw them in the refrigerator and will use or freeze them soon!


  4. Isa says:

    huh… I was considering exploring the art of canning 😛 good thing I read this!


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I actually canned tomatoes this summer again. I had so many I didn’t know what to do with them and I didn’t want them going to waste. It worked out much better that time! 😉


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