When I was growing up, my mom canned everything. We had dinner around the table as a family and did our homework at that same table. Most everything was homemade from the farm. When it came time for dinner, she’d send one of us kids down cellar to get a can of vegetables. There was a metal rack down in the cellar where she stored all the canned vegetables she had processed. It was never for a can of store-bought vegetables.
This week, I made homemade marinara sauce. I planted 24 tomato plants this spring and have been collecting the ripe goodness all summer long. As the tomatoes ripened, I’d collect them, wash and cut up into pieces. Then place them in freezer Ziplock bags. Earlier this week, I heated up all the tomatoes, put them through the food mill and cooked the tomato juices down into a marinara sauce. This only took a few ingredients and a little bit of my time. But, well worth every minute spent creating this yummy homemade goodness. Now, all through the fall and winter we will be able to enjoy fresh marinara sauce, made right in my own kitchen. Making marinara sauce, apple sauce, jams and everything else myself, I know what ingredients go into them. Pure and simple, no preservatives, additives, growth hormones.
If you are curious about how you can go about canning some of the vegetables or fruits you grew this year, check out the Ball website.