For the first batch I made an oven roasted tomato sauce and a tomato sauce with tomatoes that were just peeled. I used the rest of the tomatoes that were left for diced tomatoes. I peeled the tomatoes that were not roasted by boiling briefly until the skins crack and dipping in cold water for peeling. The oven roasted ones crack for easy peeling. For my second batch I made another roasted tomato sauce and a roasted salsa and diced the rest. Both sauces were tasty but the roasted sauce was more flavorful and less watery so I decided to roast the tomatoes from now on for sauces. I also used a local onion and some basil and parsley from the farmer;s market in the spaghetti sauce. The salsa had cilantro from the farmer's market. It was a lot of work but it gets me excited for when I hopefully have my own mini homestead in my backyard where I hopefully will have lots of veggies to can and process.
50 pounds of tomatoes
Sliced in half sprinkled with olive oil and ready for the oven
The helpers peeling the oven roasted tomatoes
Boiled until the skins crack for easy peeling
A local farmer's market onion for the spaghetti sauce
I started the sauce with the onion and garlic
I pulsed the tomatoes in the blender 3-4 times and added fresh herbs
Both sauces cooking from the first batch
The roasted sauce is on the top
Diced tomatoes peeled and seeded
I canned everything using a pressure canner for 20 minutes. You don't have to use a pressure canner for tomatoes but it fits more cans and takes less time and has a better chance of preserving than the hot water bath so I used the pressure canner.
We got a tomato corer for the second batch and it saved lots of time
A really big tomato
Salsa in the blender with fresh local cilantro
I pulse 3-4 times
The baby wanted a tomato
The second batch ready for pressure canning
Spaghetti sauce on the left front, diced tomatoes in the back and salsa to the right
Keeping the baby happy during the processing with wild berry smoothie
Entertaining themselves in a box
In a box with a cracker
It was a lot of work and very messy between the tomatoes and the children but it will be nice in the winter when we have yummy local goodness.