To 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!
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?