The Great Tomato Canning Adventure

19 Sep

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Aside from it’s rampant popularity, there were two reasons why canning piqued my interest. I like the idea of eating seasonally and locally, and I would love to reduce the number of jars I pitch into the recycle bin. I realized that I use a lot of canned products, particularly marinara sauce and salsa. The rate at which I accumulate these jars is frankly alarming. Fortunately my canning bender and tomato season hit about the same time.

I started with this salsa. I had never heard of Anaheim peppers before reading the recipe.

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As it turns out Anaheim peppers are a bit grumpy.

The best part of this recipe is the roasting. I have a bit of experience roasting peppers, but I had never even considered roasting tomatoes before. It was a revelation. It filled the house with an amazing tomatoey aroma, and the tomatoes tasted incredible. I even enjoyed munching on the leftover tomato skins. In the future I will be looking for any excuse I can find to to roast tomatoes.

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Happy Spoon also approves of roasted tomatoes.

I was so happy with how the salsa came out that I decided I wanted to roast the rest of my tomatoes. I had originally planned to make marinara sauce with them, but I was horrified appalled outraged shocked when I saw that the recipe called for ten pounds of tomatoes to make three itty bitty pint jars of sauce. I have never made marinara sauce from scratch before; I had no idea that the jars of store bought sauce that I crack open nearly every single week use so much.

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Instead I opted for this recipe which calls for roasting then canning the tomatoes whole. This does mean that when I want to use these suckers I’m going to have to go through some extra work to turn them into sauce.

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Happy Spoon promises to be there for me when that time comes. I hope it’s worth it.

~Robin

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