Well, it's the end of the gardening season in Minnesota. And unfortunately, my garden didn't fair well in the tomato department this year... although I did manage to get one good round of tomatoes - enough to fill a few pints.
Regardless, that didn't stop me from going to the local farmer's market and buying a few additional bushels to jar as well. Yes, yes - rather late, I'll admit ... but we had a late crop this year, so I got lucky.
You might be wondering - why would I go through all that work to preserve tomatoes when I can purchase them at the store for like $0.49 a can?
Yeah, yeah - I know, it seems dumb. But here's the thing. When I jar my own tomatoes, I know EXACTLY what's in them. And that's tomatoes. Tomatoes and nothing else. No weird preservatives, added salt, etc.
Plus, I know the quality of the tomato as well. I know it was picked in season at it's peak ripeness. I know it was cleaned and handled properly. And, I know where it came from and how it was grown.
Of course, there's also the pride in knowing I made the food myself.
But most importantly, there's this article...
PS - Think canning is hard? It's not, honest!
Think canning is risky? Try reading this to ease your fear...