Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
LORENVER's Photo LORENVER Posts: 5,116
9/7/09 10:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sounds like a good way to ration them out!

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Did my first Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



_PAULA_H's Photo _PAULA_H Posts: 10,381
9/7/09 9:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I core & peel them, then put each large (or a couple small) in small "baggies" (sandwich size..not ziplock). Twist the top of the baggie to get all the air out. I then put what will fit into large ziplock freezer bags. This makes it easier to take out what you need.

Edited by: _PAULA_H at: 9/7/2009 (09:41)
Paula (Illinois) Update: May 2009
Spark 3/13/07 SW: 167; 4/1/08 GOAL!
2010 - Lost goal...start over.

God Bless Our Veterans & God Bless Our Country!


 current weight: 160.0 
 
160
152.5
145
137.5
130
TRAINOF4's Photo TRAINOF4 Posts: 2,650
9/3/09 2:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The only thing about freezing is that you need to have the space in your freezer. We have a tall freezer - I guess some call it a deep freeze? so we don't have to worry too much about the space issue.

Oh & I think that they freeze better if they aren't lumped on top of each other. Probably if you initially froze them on cookie sheets before transferring to freezer bags. I'm looking forward to my tomatoes next year! emoticon

Stay calm and carry on.
SUNNY332's Photo SUNNY332 Posts: 28,971
9/1/09 6:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have heard of other people freezing tomatoes and glad you had success with it.

I don't think I can describe the taste of canned tomatoes. They are not as good as fresh but wonderful in soups and casseroles.

Regardless, enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Hugs, Sunny

Sunny
Missouri USA
Central Time Zone



 October Minutes: 0
 
0
41.25
82.5
123.75
165
LORENVER's Photo LORENVER Posts: 5,116
9/1/09 6:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Freezing might be a good option for use! I've never frozen a tomato, but it sound pretty easy.

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Did my first Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



TRAINOF4's Photo TRAINOF4 Posts: 2,650
8/31/09 11:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I will admit to freezing my excess tomatoes one year. I just tossed them in gallon freezer bags, made sure they weren't laying on top of each other, and froze them in our big freezer (the one that has no fridge & works more like a deep freeze than the regular kind..)

When I was ready to use the tomatoes I thawed them out & although they weren't for slicing, they were excellent in flavor for sauce. I didn't try salsa-maybe that would've worked as well. Their flavor & color were excellent & the skins slipped right off. LOL

So tell me- how do canned tomatoes taste? I've never had them.

Stay calm and carry on.
MYUSERID's Photo MYUSERID Posts: 39
8/31/09 11:35 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, I had fun on top of a ladder, with a 'fruit picker' getting down enough pears to can 6 pints! While at it, I also did 6 pints o tart applesauce, the apples can be picked from the ground, so far. I still see pears way up there, but don't know how to get them down. A couple fell, and broke their little necks when they hit the ground. They are very sweet.
I do have another pear tree, and will try the pear butter on them - that tree is also tall, though...but we'll see.
The next thing is dealing with the canner. UGH.

 current weight: 135.0 
 
143
140.25
137.5
134.75
132
LORENVER's Photo LORENVER Posts: 5,116
8/28/09 5:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks!

The tomatoes are starting to turn red, so we'd better decide what we are going to do with them.

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Did my first Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



SUNNY332's Photo SUNNY332 Posts: 28,971
8/27/09 6:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi There - Here is a recipe for pear butter which is easy. Good Luck.

allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pear-Butter/De
ta
il.aspx


and one for Pear Preserves -

allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grandmas-Pear-
Pr
eserves/Detail.aspx


Have fun! Sunny

Sunny
Missouri USA
Central Time Zone



 October Minutes: 0
 
0
41.25
82.5
123.75
165
MYUSERID's Photo MYUSERID Posts: 39
8/27/09 11:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have pears to preserve now, too. Any posted suggestions are welcome.

Apples as well!



 current weight: 135.0 
 
143
140.25
137.5
134.75
132
LORENVER's Photo LORENVER Posts: 5,116
8/24/09 7:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
wow, how do you go about making pear butter? It sounds fascinating!

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Did my first Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



SUNNY332's Photo SUNNY332 Posts: 28,971
8/24/09 3:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
That is great Jen. I love pear preserves but never made pear butter. Sounds wonderful though.

You are doing awesome.

Sunny

Sunny
Missouri USA
Central Time Zone



 October Minutes: 0
 
0
41.25
82.5
123.75
165
JENGCOSS's Photo JENGCOSS Posts: 60
8/24/09 3:16 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is my year for firsts. The first time I started a garden, and my first year to can. I have canned some pear preserves, pear butter and some pickles and I am shocked with how easy it is. I bought both the water boiler thing and the pressure cooker from walmart online that included a pack with everything you need to can. I just had to buy more jars. There were thing that I canned that I didnt have to put in the cookers! I put the stuff in there hot and put the top on it waiting for the water to boil. I looked at it and it had already sealed! coolio! Just a tip I found out. The 1/4 inch guideline (the "fill it up to 1/4 inch from the top" rule) means that is the most food to put in it. If you leave 1/2 inch or more due to not enough food, that is OK. My mother said that most people don't like doing that because it waste the space but it wont hurt anything. The 1/4 inch rule is so it wont boil over and explode. I never knew! But then again, this is my first year lol

 current weight: 198.0 
 
230
218
206
194
182
TRAINOF4's Photo TRAINOF4 Posts: 2,650
8/19/09 4:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the link, though I'd still love to have someone standing next to me while I go thru the process. I'm terrified of giving anyone botchulism or something like that!

Stay calm and carry on.
JOEPHINE's Photo JOEPHINE Posts: 1,368
8/13/09 2:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the link. My neighbor and I have been canning tomatoes for three weeks. We are both sick of looking at tomatoes right now.

Charlotte


 current weight: 172.2 
 
222
199
176
153
130
DEECAFFEINATED's Photo DEECAFFEINATED Posts: 3,227
8/13/09 7:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the link - nice info! Last year was my first try at home canning and it worked out great - only broke one jar!

-:|:- Dee -:|:-
Joy is a state of being regardless of our circumstances. Find a way.

designed-by-dee.blogspot.com


 Pounds lost: 11.5 
 
0
4.5
9
13.5
18
LORENVER's Photo LORENVER Posts: 5,116
8/13/09 6:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the site. I am currently growing some tomatoes for canning so it is good to have a reference.

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Did my first Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



SUNNY332's Photo SUNNY332 Posts: 28,971
8/13/09 6:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
What a great site.

I too saved it to my favorites.

Thanks so much Sandy!

Sunny

Sunny
Missouri USA
Central Time Zone



 October Minutes: 0
 
0
41.25
82.5
123.75
165
JOHANKA's Photo JOHANKA SparkPoints: (24,121)
Fitness Minutes: (30)
Posts: 3,225
8/12/09 10:13 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for the web site. Very interesting. I had to put it into my favorites for a keeper. emoticon

 current weight: 150.0 
 
155
147.5
140
132.5
125
2BFREE2LIVE's Photo 2BFREE2LIVE SparkPoints: (311,367)
Fitness Minutes: (304,495)
Posts: 16,779
8/12/09 8:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
HERE IS A LINK TO HOW TO CAN LIKE GRANDMA USED TO. blog.healthyeats.com/blog/2009/08/11
/h
ome-canning-for-beginners/?nl=EATS_0R>81209_20

I SAW SOME HELPFUL HINTS EVEN FOR THE PROS.

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwE8HLLue48


 current weight: 118.0 
 
239
208.75
178.5
148.25
118
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other VEGGIES & BLOOMS GARDENING TEAM General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
New Spark Format...?? 10/23/2013 7:30:42 PM
Vertical Shoe Bag Garden 4/14/2014 11:01:47 AM
Gardening with Epsom Salt & Other Natural Remedies 3/30/2014 1:10:47 PM
Calories Burned While Gardening 11/8/2013 5:29:42 AM
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! 4/20/2014 2:14:04 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x19538x27665946

Review our Community Guidelines