Happy 4th of July! I hope you all take some time today to reflect on what makes this day so very important in the history of the United States, especially as times are so rapidly changing for us. There is another reason this day is so important to me though. Today would have been my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I have been thinking about Grandma Pearl all week and wish she could have been here over the weekend to help me with my first endeavor at canning on my own.
I have many memories of helping her can preserves, green beans, and tomatoes. I remember setting up the Coleman stove on the back porch, watching the giant pot boil, peeling the skin off the tomatoes and skimming the froth off the strawberries. Those are memories that I will always treasure.
Since I had so many tomatoes of my own I took 25 of them and made salsa. I don’t recall the process of peeling and coring tomatoes taking so long or causing back pain when I was kid, but I plunged ahead and found my 25 Roma tomatoes would make about 2 pints of salsa. It may not sound like much, but split them up into ½ pint jars and I probably have enough to last me the rest of the year. I can’t wait to crack open a jar at my next social event and share the fruits of my labor.
If you are interested in learning more about canning your own salsa check out this website: