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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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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes. But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten. There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it, but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing, or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Next

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

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Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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Tailgating table

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Tailgating table

Are you are serious tailgater? Have you seen this handy Tailgating table? Great for camping too.

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Fastest Way to Peel a Peach, peel a peach in 10 seconds

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Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #PeachesEnd of summer is almost here, the nights are getting cooler. The fruit in our local orchards is ready for harvest and we are eating peaches by the dozen each day.  Yes I said by the dozen… with a family of 7 we eat a lot of peaches.  So we decided to try out the fastest way to peel a peach in 10 seconds! The kids love to eat them sliced with just a sprinkle of sugar and covered in milk.  I like to eat mine with vanilla yogurt and granola.  I am the “official peach peeler”, if I am just peeling one peach I do it with a knife.  BUT if I have 7-10 peaches to peel all at once I have an awesome trick that allows me to peel them in less than 10 seconds!!!

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Did you know that if you blanch your peaches the skins will literally SLIDE right off.  All you need to do is bring a pot of what to boil.  In this post I used my new favorite pot check it out here , it is cast iron so it heats up fast and stays hot for a good even cooking.  Plus it is red and pretty… :).

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Bring your water to a boil, gently drop the peaches in.  If they are still a bit green (not quite ripe) you will need to boil them a bit longer.  But a peach that is ripe and ready to eat only needs to be in the boiling water about 45 seconds to a minute.  Quickly take the peach out of the pot and put it in ice water. It will cool very quicly since it has not been in the hot water long enough to cook, it just loosens the skin.

Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #PeachesMake a slit in the skip with you knife,  use your thumbs to push the skins back.  When done correctly the skins will slide right off the peach, in one piece.  Takes less than 10 seconds to peel the whole peach. Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #Peaches You can now slice the peach up and eat it, bake with it, or even do some home canning.

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