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Canned Tomatoes

Last night I canned some of my fresh garden tomatoes.  If things go as planned, when I open them they will taste as fresh as the day they were put up.

canned tomatoes

 

To each quart jar of quartered tomatoes, I added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt.

I processed the jars in a water bath for 45 minutes then set them out on a cloth napkin covered tray to cool.  I tested each jar to make sure they sealed and they did.  🙂

Now on a cold winter day I’ll have some lovely fresh tasting tomatoes to add to my vegetable beef soup.

When I take a taste, I’ll remember a hot, muggy evening in August and be thankful that I took the time to preserve some of my fresh garden bounty.

Pear Preserves

Pear Preserves is probably my favorite preserves of all!

Every year around this time, I want to make Pear Preserves.

I don’t always get to, but thanks to my sweet sister-in law, Martha,

I did this year and I am so glad!

In fact, I plan on picking, peeling, and slicing some

more pears tonight!

I can’t wait to try it on some of these homemade biscuits!

I don’t really have a recipe, but here’s what I did…

By the time I  peeled, cored,  and sliced the pears I was left with 2 ice cream buckets full.

I covered the slices with sugar and put the lids on to sit overnight.  I didn’t measure anything, just kept in mind that most people put 1 part sugar to 2 parts pears.  My friend said her mom says 1/2 cup sugar to every 1 cup of pears but that might be too much, depending on how sweet you want them.  I think I might have used 5 or so cups of sugar.

I cooked the pears about a total of 3 hours on medium high heat.  About this time, they started turning amber colored and the smaller pieces were turning translucent.   They liquid was similar to honey so I knew the pears were ready.

I then poured the  preserves into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom and sealed with sterilized lids.

Yield: 4 pints and 2 half-pints

For more recipes, visit these sites…

Granny’s Pear Preserves

Pear Preserves with Lemon Slices

Southern Lady Cooks Pear Preserves