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How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide

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How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide

Tomatoes are one of the most plentiful foods at the end of the gardening season. You can  use all varieties for canning tomatoes, in fact I like to use lots of different kinds to Can Tomatoes. I feel like the combination makes a better end product. Did you know you can even can grape tomatoes, yes the tiny bite sized ones. Most people let them go to waste because they are feared to be too time consuming to can. They are actually pretty quick and easy and are a great treat during the winter. Grape tomatoes are very inexpensive to can. All you need is a water bath canner or a large stockpot, water, canning salt,  lemon juice and jars and lids.

With these supplies you should be ready to learn How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide.

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First step,  How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide.

Start by inspecting your jars for any nicks, scratches, or cracks. Set aside damaged jars, because the heat from the canning process might cause them to break. Wash the undamaged jars with warm, soapy water. If your jars have a white residue on them, soak for 10 minutes in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. Fill your canner with water and place clean jars inside. Bring to a simmer of 180°F and allow the jars to simmer until you are ready to use. OR you can put them in a clean dishwasher and wash them on high heat.  This will both wash the jars and keep them nice a warm, ready for the canning process.

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Wash your tomatoes thoroughly.

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Working in batches, boil the tomatoes for 45-60 seconds and immediately dunk in the ice water. Squeeze them gently and the peels should slide right off. For larger tomatoes, cut out the stem and core.

Pack tomatoes into hot jars and fill with boiling water, leaving a 1/2” head space. Slide a plastic or rubber spatula around the inside of the jar, pressing lightly on the fruits, to remove air bubbles. Add more water if you’ve dropped below 1/2” head space. Add 1/4 tsp salt to pint jars and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or 1/2 tsp to quart jars and one teaspoon lemon juice, if desired. MOST the time no water is needed, if you press down the juice from the tomatoes fills the jars empty spaces.  But if your tomatoes are not very juicy water might be needed.

 

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Use a clean cloth to wipe off the rim of the jar. Affix lids and rings to jars and lower into canner. Bring the water to a full boil and cover. Process pints for 35 minutes and quarts for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let the canner cool for 5 minute before removing jars. Set the processed jars on  a thick, dry towel.

Let the jars cool for 12-24 hours and check the seals by pressing in the center of the lid. If it is solid, the jars have processed completely. If there is any give, or ‘pop’ when you press on the lid, the jar did not process and should be refrigerated for immediate use.  Hope you enjoyed learning How to Can Tomatoes with this Quick step by step guide.

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Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe

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Our family love this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder! It is one that everyone loves.  Getting  seven people to all like the same meal can sometimes be tricky. But this one tends to be a favorite every time I make it.   I tend to make it in the late summer/ fall when we have fresh sweet corn from the local farmers. But it can be made anytime of year, it is great even if you have to use canned or frozen corn.  Perfect for lunch or dinner. Best part is it can be ready and on the table in about 20 minutes!

Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe

What you need:

  • 1 bell pepper diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 large onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery  diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 4 cups red potatoes chopped (washed but not peeled)
  • 3 cups corn  (don’t add till the end)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste – depends on if you use salted butter and low sodium stock.  Salt to your taste, but I normally add about a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Green Onions and extra cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

For the cream sauce

  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 8 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese grated

Direction:

Wash all your produce before chopping.  Dice your bell pepper, onion and celery into small pieces about the size of a pea.  You want this to cook quickly so size will matter.  If you are not in a rush, and want it to simmer on the stove for awhile you could make the pieces bigger.   Next chop you red potatoes, I like to leave the skins on for this recipe. But you can peel them if you do not like the skins.  The potatoes need to be a cut bigger since this is a chowder. But still small enough to cook within the 15-20 minute time frame. I cut mine about the size of a medium sized gumball or Whopper.

Add your chopped vegetables and 4 tablespoons butter to a large pot ( I suggest 8 qt or larger just so it does not boil over). Stir over medium/ high heat till your onions start to turn clear in color.  This normally takes about 5 minutes, make sure you stir frequently to prevent burning.  Add in your 4 cups of stock and put a lid on it.  Once at a full boil turn heat down to medium to a gentle boil. Let that boil for 10-15 minutes while you start your cream sauce. Watch it,  you do not want to over cook your veggies.

Cream Sauce for Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder –  In a sauce pan over medium heat melt your butter. Once melted whisk in your floor. Stir to avoid lumps and help it cook evenly. Cook for 2-4 minutes this will give the floor a nutty flavor it also helps the  sauce have a smooth creamy texture.  Slowly pour in your milk, while you whisk it into the flour and butter mixture.  Continue cooking over medium heat. Stir it as is slowly comes to a slow boil and starts to thicken. Once thickened (like gravy) stir in your grated cheese.  Take off heat and set aside.

By this time your vegetable mixture should be done cooking.  Toss in your corn (fresh, canned or frozen) and allow it cook for 2-3 minutes. Take off heat and add the cream sauce, mix well.  Taste to see if you need more salt or pepper.  Soup is hot and ready to serve! If you are not ready to serve just keep it on low heat, just enough to keep it warm.  Do not boil it, to avoid the milk separating.  Garnish with more cheese and chopped green onions (optional).  Hope you enjoy this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, our family sure loves it!

Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - Easy 20 minute dinner recipe
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 5-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bell pepper diced (about ⅔ cup)
  • 1 large onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery diced (about ⅔ cup)
  • 4 cups red potatoes chopped (washed but not peeled)
  • 3 cups corn (don't add till the end)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste - depends on if you use salted butter and low sodium stock. Salt to your taste, but I normally add about a teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.
  • Green Onions and extra cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
  • For the cream sauce
  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 8 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 2½ cups of cheddar cheese grated
Instructions
  1. Direction:
  2. Wash all your produce before chopping. Dice your bell pepper, onion and celery into small pieces about the size of a pea. You want this to cook quickly so size will matter. If you are not in a rush, and want it to simmer on the stove for awhile you could make the pieces bigger. Next chop you red potatoes, I like to leave the skins on for this recipe. But you can peel them if you do not like the skins. The potatoes need to be a cut bigger since this is a chowder. But still small enough to cook within the 15-20 minute time frame. I cut mine about the size of a medium sized gumball or Whopper.
  3. Add your chopped vegetables and 4 tablespoons butter to a large pot ( I suggest 8 qt or larger just so it does not boil over). Stir over medium/ high heat till your onions start to turn clear in color. This normally takes about 5 minutes, make sure you stir frequently to prevent burning. Add in your 4 cups of stock and put a lid on it. Once at a full boil turn heat down to medium to a gentle boil. Let that boil for 10-15 minutes while you start your cream sauce. Watch it, you do not want to over cook your veggies.
  4. Cream Sauce for Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - In a sauce pan over medium heat melt your butter. Once melted whisk in your floor. Stir to avoid lumps and help it cook evenly. Cook for 2-4 minutes this will give the floor a nutty flavor it also helps the sauce have a smooth creamy texture. Slowly pour in your milk, while you whisk it into the flour and butter mixture. Continue cooking over medium heat. Stir it as is slowly comes to a slow boil and starts to thicken. Once thickened (like gravy) stir in your grated cheese. Take off heat and set aside.
  5. By this time your vegetable mixture should be done cooking. Toss in your corn (fresh, canned or frozen) and allow it cook for 2-3 minutes. Take off heat and add the cream sauce, mix well. Taste to see if you need more salt or pepper. Soup is hot and ready to serve! If you are not ready to serve just keep it on low heat, just enough to keep it warm. Do not boil it, to avoid the milk separating. Garnish with more cheese and chopped green onions (optional). Hope you enjoy this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, our family sure loves it!
  6. Note - I say (about) in my ingredient list because you do not have to exact in the measurements. There is no need to throw part of an onion or bell pepper away if it is not the exact measurement. Just as long as it is close the amount this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, is more suggested amounts and it still turns out delicious every time!

Note – I say (about) in my ingredient list because you do not have to exact in the measurements. There is no need to throw part of an onion or bell pepper away if it is not the exact measurement.  Just as long as it is close the amount this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, is more suggested amounts and it still turns out delicious every time!

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How to make Freezer Corn – Sweet Corn Recipe

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I had a friend ask me how to make Freezer Corn so I thought I would share this post again. As you can tell by the photos this post was written and first published several years back.  Look how cute and little my kids are 🙂 But I did update it with some better images of the finished product, feel free to pin them!

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Growing up in large family, my Mom made sure we knew how to take our produce and can or freeze it.  So I learned how to make freezer corn at a young age.  In doing this we were able to save hundreds of dollars a year.  My Dad is a farmer, he normally grows  corn that is called field corn, which grows VERY tall.  It is grown to chop up, stalks and all to feed to our dairy cows.  But my Dad also grows a few large rows of sweet corn, which my whole family looks forward to every year.  If you have ever had fresh tender sweet corn picked right from the field, it is so yummy.  Nothing like what you buy from the store.

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This year my Dad picked me a large sack of corn.  It is now time for me to teach my little ones how to make freezer corn, just as my parents taught me.  So we shucked the corn out on the lawn, to keep the mess outside.  My kids were such good little helpers!  They got the giggles every time one of the ears of corn had lots of corn silk, they would say ” yuck I got a hairy one”

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After about 30 mins we were able to bring the cleaned corn back into the house to get it ready to cook.

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In a large pot bring you water up to a boil, then add in your corn.  In my pot I was able to do about 10 at a time.  The corn is cold so it will take a minutes for the water to start to boil again, after it comes back to a boil cook it for 3-5 minutes.

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After 3-5 mins, take out of the pot and  put in a sink full of ice water.  This will cool the corn down and let you handle it better.

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After a few minutes in the ice water, take out and put on a towel to drain the water off.

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Take your knife and run it down the corn cob and cut all the corn off.

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I then take about 2 1/2 cups of corn, and put it into a quart sized freezer bag.  Try to get out as much of the air as you can, then seal it closed.  They will need to lay flat till they are cooled to room temp. At this point you just need to write the date on it and stack it in your freezer.  I was able to get 21 bags of corn.  This is one of my families favorites, and we look forward to eating it over the next year!

When you get ready to cook it, take it out of the freezer. You can thaw it in the refrigerator the day before, but I do not normally think ahead like that. So I cook it a glass container with a lid on high for 5-7 minutes.  I season it with butter, salt and pepper and sometimes a little bbq sauce.

Update* Now that my family has grown, I put 4 cups into a gallon freezer bag.  This is enough for a side for a larger family.

022It did take some work, but it was FREE and well worth the time. Hope you take the time to try this out, not that you know how to make freezer corn.

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Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe, Copy Cat Recipe for Panda Express Chow Mein #PandaExpress, #ChowMein, #recipePanda Express Chow Mein Noodles ~Copy Cat Recipe

My family LOVES THE Chow Mein Noodles at Panda Express. But eating out with a family of 7 is not a budget friendly option. That is when it is time to figure out how to recreate the recipe at home.  Give this recipe a try, hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pkg. Hokkien Stir-Fry noodles or Yakisoba noodles about 14 oz. (These are precooked noodles that just need to be warmed through).
  • 1?4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 1?2 teas. Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 4 teas. Brown Sugar
  • 1?2 teas. Black Pepper or White Pepper if you have it
  • 1 Stalk Celery, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1?2 Yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 1?2 Cups Cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. Oil

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Instructions: In a small bowl whisk together the Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Brown Sugar and Pepper, set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or large non-stick pan over high heat. When it just starts to smoke add the Onion, Celery and Cabbage and reduce to medium high heat. Stir constantly until the cabbage is reduced by about half, the onions are translucent and the celery is softened, about 3 minutes. Add in the Noodles and Sauce and cook an additional 2 minutes. Serve hot.

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