Monday, 2 September 2013

Canned Stewed Tomatoes

Great John’s Stewed Tomatoes

Great Grandma and Great John met in 2010 on Christian Mingle.  Now meeting someone online and falling in love is very common among computer savvy young adults and so it was that we were all surprised when Great Grandma who is 70 something fell in love with John 80 something.
Great John and Great Grandma Audrey on John's side deck September 2, 2013
The internet, Skype in particular facilitates their keeping in daily contact during the months that they are apart and they are happier and healthier because of it.
Great John got his name from Ruth.  Ruth at the age of three decided that because he was Great Grandma’s special friend, he had to be great and thus to our family he has become Great John.

Great John planted four raised vegetable beds this spring.  Three right off his side deck and one out back of the garage.  

He used cinder blocks to create the frame for his garden and filled in with mixture of garden soil and fertilizer.   

He planted 17 tomato plants, eggplant and green peppers.  As you can see his garden has been abundant and he has started to can his tomatoes.  

Great John’s Stewed Tomatoes

As many people of his generation he does not measure his ingredients. He uses:
Tomatoes, and green peppers all from his garden adding celery and onions from the grocery store.

He quarters the tomatoes and chopped all the other vegetable fine.

In a dutch oven he places the chopped vegetables on the bottom with the tomatoes on top.  He cooks this on medium low heat and stirs only when the tomatoes have given up some of their juice and then as infrequently as possible only to prevent the vegetables on the bottom from burning.

You should adjust the ratio of vegetables to tomatoes to reflect your personal tastes and you should also add salt, pepper and other favourite spices to taste.  

Once your stewed tomato mixture meets your taste preference and has cook for about 15 minutes.  Divide the mixture and juice evenly into sterilized mason jars.

John uses a pressure cooker.  Once the pressure cooker is freely steaming he adds the pressure stopper and cooks the jars at 11 lbs. pressure for 20 minutes

 Grandma Snyder

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