My amazing mother-in-law Ann got me hooked on the multi levels of gratification from canning. She and I make it weekend events with tomatoes, peaches and pears as seasons deliver. She will bring full bushels from the valley farms super ripe.
My all time favorite is stewed italian tomatoes. A winter “must have on the shelf ” staple. This is a cook up – whatcha got recipe… so you cant mess it up on measurement.
- tomatos fresh summer ripe 5 quarts? A bunch
- Multi peppers green red yellow orange 4 cups chopped
- Sweet onion 4 cups chopped
- Garlic 6 cloves or so
- Fresh oregano
- Fresh basil
- Olive oil
- 2 Tbs sugar
Prep jars for canning. Follow ball jar instructions. I prefer to water bath mine and I heat jars in oven as I work, wide mouth are really great to use as well.
Blanch and ice bath tomatoes to remove skin -chop
Dutch oven or large stock pot sautee in olive oil chopped onion , chopped peppers, garlic and seasonings. Once limp add tomatoes and sugar. Simmer low boil 45 min- hour.
Gently add hot tomatoes to hot jars and lid. Pre-prep is crutial with your jars.
Follow water bath instructions with Ball.
Youll see I have recipes that refer to my stewed and jarred tomatoes often.
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I was raised on a large farm in a small community of Long Shop, Virginia. Just a stones throw from Blacksburg, Va and a short drive to the WV boarder. I grew up appreciating Appalachia cooking with low budgets and home grown veggies. What honestly tastes better than a warm tomato out of the garden sliced fat with salt and pepper? Maybe a bowl of good brown pinto beans and cornbread. Or even better grilled trout fresh caught from the creek!
My childhood was a dream... and what has made my passion for food- sharing good meals with good friends and loved ones.
My food always has a story and always in sizes to share.
I now have begun a new adventure with my love Jason, and we created the Bellman and Concierge LLC and reopened the beautiful Oaks Victorian Inn. A childhood home I knew well growing up and now saving for many to enjoy as a Boutique Bed and Breakfast. Cooking for guests and sharing traditions. Come visit us at
Im a county girl with a lot of love to share and I share in my cooking, stories and big hugs. Girl raised in the South cooking- that's me! GRITCOOKING!
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