I really enjoyed running my first hot bath canning workshop today, producing 21 jars of organic Roma tomatoes. I think it all turned out well. I guess the proof will be in the taste.
5 of us spent close to 5 hours. The thing with tomatoes is that you need to first blanch and peel them, then cook them for 5 more minutes in boiling water, then boil the jars in the hot bath for 40 minutes. It also takes a heck of a long time for the large pots of water to come to a boil, so the entire process was much longer than we had planned.
For further details on tomato canning see Bernardin’s recipe at http://www.homecanning.com/can/AlRecipes.asp?R=194
Still, it was a great learning process for all of us and most of the techniques can be duplicated with fruits, which are not as involved or requiring as long to boil.
Thanks to Barb, Carol, Merilee, Shauna, and Haley Place for use of their kitchen.