From this (well, more than this):
To these 3 quarts: Yes, folks, I can say that I have canned tomatoes for the first time in my life. I have proudly done it, my grandmothers have done it, my great grandmothers have done it, and I am sure that lineage keeps going on and on.
We grew them from seed early last spring. More are ripe than we can handle at the moment, so, I thought I would try my hand at preserving in this way. Summer's fresh tomato/basil flavor is captured in these jars for us to enjoy later this winter! Am I too excited about this? Probably.
I have always loved getting homemade canned goods from relatives and generous neighboors. Now I know first hand the blood, sweat, and tears that actually goes into this dying culinary tradition. A lot of work, but I am proud to have it in my pantry;)