We're jammin!

(posted by Emily)

We got back from our Europe trip pretty late on Friday night, July 25th. Of course, as any sensible person would, we decided to check out our garden and harvest all of the tomatoes that had been popping up in our absence. Yes, at 1:30 in the morning.




Many of the tomatoes were soft or splitting, so we knew we wanted to use them soon. I prepped a bunch to put in the dehydrator for homemade sun dried tomatoes, but we were hoping to get some canned as well.



I've never canned anything in ball jars before, and it was just our luck when I noticed a post from Jennie on Facebook about a collective meet up that Sunday to make jam. After a quick exchange of messages, it was all settled and we headed to the shop with our tomatoes and jars in tow.

One of Jennie's friends, Judy, had received a huge number of nectarines from the Matsumoto Family Farm. Like, hundreds of pounds worth.


Judy, bearer of nectarines (photo by Juli Frankel)


(photo by Juli Frankel)
We were lucky that she was willing to share her bounty, and we had a blast canning our tomatoes (5 quarts!), nectarine/tomato salsa, nectarine pickles, nectarine jam, nectarine chutney, and nectarine syrup. Rick was our hot water bath master, moving all of the jars in and out of the big pots, and I think we both feel confident that we could do our own canning at home. Looking forward to putting our veggies to good use this year!


our beautiful tomatoes (photo by Juli Frankel)
adding boiling water and settling the jars (photo by Juli Frankel)
so. many. nectarines. (photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel)
tomato nectarine salsa (photo by Juli Frankel)
putting the salsa together (photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel) 
(photo by Juli Frankel)
Jennie helping us with the tomatoes (photo by Juli Frankel)
reducing the salsa (photo by Juli Frankel) 
straining nectarine syrup, made with peels and pits and sugar (photo by Juli Frankel) 
(photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel)
removing tomatoes from the hot water bath (photo by Juli Frankel)




(photo by Juli Frankel)
we used the Matsumoto's book to find recipes (photo by Juli Frankel)
getting the salsa into jars, ready to can (photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel) 
(photo by Juli Frankel)
(photo by Juli Frankel)
Thank you to Jennie for hosting and Juli for taking such fun pictures! Don't forget to check out Jennie's brand new website!
--E&R

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