Selecting We try to set this up as an assembly line operation and on a recent weekend, my wife and I, daughter and son-in-law, and my daughter’s co-worker tackled 4 box of tomatoes that produced 33 quarters and 18 pints of taste-bud tantalizing tomatoes for winter.

How much you will be canning, will governor what equipment you’ll use. For the volume in our case:

1. We had a propane-fired ‘turkey’ fryer filled with water for blanching
2. Large plastic tub filled with ice water for stopping the blanching process
3. 2 people and an occasional 7 YO granddaughter helping ‘pop’ or peel the tomatoes after they were brought in the house
4. I was assigned to stuff sterilized jars with the finished tomatoes
5. Then 7 quart jars at a time were placed in an enamel ‘canner,’ covered with boiling water for 45 minutes (And to expedite the process, at one time we had 2 canners going - one outside on the propane burner and 1 in the kitchen on
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the gas stove).

Prep:

1. Wash jars and lids in hot soapy water or run through a quick dishwasher and dry cycle
2. Select tomatoes and put in ‘turkey’ cooker basket; submerse in boiling water for about 30-60 seconds.
3. Dip in cold water in plastic tub
4. Remove to table to remove peels and core
5. Cut into halves or quarters (depending on size to tomato), pack into jars (using a jar funnel) if you choose and a wooden spoon to force out air pockets.
6. Fill to within about 1/2 inch of top of jar
7. Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart (1/2 per pint)
8. Put the lids and rings on, tighten and set in canner, allowing the water to cover the jar and gently boil for 45 minutes for quart-sized jars, and 35-40 minutes for pints.
9. Gently remove jars from canner without touching each other, place on table covered with bath towels to cool.

POP!  When you hear that sound, the familiar 'POP,' you know the jars have properly sealed. Leave standing for 8-12 hours, remove the bands, and store in cool, dry, place for winter retrieval.

Do it. For yourself. You’ll be glad you did come winter and you want to make a big pot of soup or chili.
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