Yep, I canned five quarts of tomato sauce a few days ago and it wasn't difficult at all. One just has to follow a few rules and not be crazy with veering too far off from safe recipes. It was a hot water bath canning session, not one using pressure though my canner can do both. I'm not afraid of pressure canning like some since I've used a pressure cooker on and off most of my life, but this recipe didn't call for it. In fact, most of the things I want to can (actually, I'm bottling them, not canning them, but that's just semantics) don't require pressure canning. Not yet anyway.
See? Here are my very first jars of roasted tomato sauce:
Note to self: Fill bottles a little higher next time.
I'd like to make nicer labels, but these Ball bottles are so bumpy with measurement points, decoration and the word "Ball" on them that there is really no place flat and smooth to put a bigger label than the ones I used. I like the bottles a lot though, so I'll just make small labels I guess.
I aspire to be super canners like JenW - or Lori! They are my canning idols. :)
Today I am making more sauce or ketchup or salsa... not sure which yet - and will can some more! Now that the weather has cooled down, the tomatoes aren't ripening up as quickly so I'll have a bit of a reprieve until the final load on the vines turn red. I've had a lot of success with my tomatoes even with all the woes I had with worms boring into them and other creatures eating them. My tallest tomatoes - Amish Paste - are nine feet tall and still growing!
And, as the weather cools down - it's in the 50's now at night - my mind has turned to soap making and crochet, among other things. I'm not going to have a winter garden this year, but have a lot to do to prep it for next spring. But having no garden will allow me time for other things and I'm looking forward to a roaring fire and being all cozy inside. I guess I'd better start on those leg warmers that I never got around to last year - and decide what seeds to buy for next year's garden... the list is growing!