When Jesse Griffiths said that canning is addictive at canning class last week at Johnson”s Backyard Garden, my first thought was, “Nah, I’m just canning out of necessity”. I have too many garden tomatoes, and HAVE TO can them. Now, 8 days later, I’m canning everything in sight, and have slowed down only because I’ve run out of produce. When I left the farmer’s market on Saturday with two bags full of tomatoes, my friends just shook their heads.
I had a banner canning day on Saturday, starting with the over abundance of cucumbers and peppers from my garden. I had also purchased some banana peppers from Milagro Farms, which were so pretty I couldn’t resist. Apparently, they were initially grown for pickling.
Next I turned my attention to the tomatillos that were left behind from Mexican Cooking Class. I cored them, then tossed them into a pan with some water, garlic and onion and started cooking them down.
Once soft, I added salt to taste and a good amount of lime juice (also left behind) and processed it with the immersion blender, until smoother but slightly chunky. The end result was a pint and a half pint of salsa verde which will be amazing for cheesy, chicken enchiladas.
Next up, in my hours long canning frenzy, I turned to the remaining tomatoes from the Johnson’s Backyard Garden class, some heirlooms from Springdale Farm, a few of my own, and some of the purchased tomatoes from Milagro Farms.
I separated the heirlooms from the hybrids, and cooked them down separately, adding garlic, garden oregano, and salt. I let this sauce cook down until it reduced to the perfect consistency for pasta sauce. The coolest thing about this is that once processed and put into the pantry, it is ready to go. I will be able to make a simple yet delicious dinner, by tossing this sauce with some hot pasta and a little parmesan, and it will take mere minutes.
The remaining tomatoes I processed to the consistency of stewed tomatoes that I’ll be able to use for anything. So the end result of my day of canning is below. I have become my grandmother.