Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Why I Can

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...


  1. Love it!!! I keep hearing more and more god-awful details about all the chemicals, preservaties, salt, sugar, and other additives that are included in manufactured foods. AMEN for growing your own food and preserving it yourself, too!!! Everything tastes better when you've handled it yourself. =)

    Side story - my niece is an EXTREMELY picky eater. We're talking crazy picky. But at camp, they learned how to make guacamole - and she loved it! Guacamole is definitely something that is not high on the list of things that kids like, you know? So I believe the reason that she loves it is because she made it herself. =)

    1. LOL! That's a great story! And true, not many kids like guac. But thankfully so - more for me!!!!! :-D