to start canning & freezing !!
My in-laws have a cherry tree and I have been climbing up in that tree and picking as many cherries are humanly possible! The best thing is that they are completely and totally organic! I picked a bunch of them- brought them home- pitted them- and individually froze them. What is individually freezing? Well this is what I have found to be the best way to freeze fruit. What you do is get out a cookie sheet, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper, and then set the fruit on it and make sure that the fruit does not touch each other. Then pop them in the freezer about an hour or so depending on how big the fruit is. Then put them into freezer jars or bags and then leave them in the freezer. This makes it a lot easier when you are pulling fruit out for smoothies or a quick snack!
So far I have organic strawberries & organic cherries in the freezer for winter time!
Now for the canning!
I recently went to the farmer's market and picked up 4 quarts of huge organic amish tomatoes- they were the best tasting tomatoes I have ever tasted in my life! So I kept about 4 out to make my dinners with and decided to can the rest. I learned last year that I need to have more tomatoes canned because I did not have enough last year! I made it about 3 months and didn't have anymore salsa, marinara, or diced tomatoes left- so this year I am starting early.
This is what you do:
-Get a pot of boiling water
-Plop your tomatoes into the water- let them be in there about 2 minutes
-Immediately transfer them into ice cold water
-You will see the skin start to break apart
-Once they are in the cold water, peel the skin off carefully.
-I keep the seeds in my tomatoes most of the time- so if you don't want the seeds- open up the 4 chambers of the tomatoes, and then rinse out the seeds under the water
-Cut the tomatoes into chunks or leave them whole
-Put them into the jars
-I use the tomato juice as the "liquid" so I mush the tomatoes together add 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of salt depending on if it is pint sized or quart sized
-Get your water bath canner fulled with water and boiling.
-Once boiling, carefully add your cans
-Set the timer for about 10 minutes
-Then remove carefully and set them onto a towel on the kitchen counter
-Listen for that beautiful 'Ping' sound- it is the best sound ever!!
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.