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I Quit! (BBB)

Aug
3


Blanching and peeling, I mean! I wouldn’t quit canning, ever.

It’s a rebellion of sorts. Hello, I’m busy. Rather than blanching and peeling then canning my tomatoes, I’m coring then roughly chopping before placing in my food processor to puree. The peels are blasted to smithereens. I’m canning in my pressure canner per plain (unseasoned) tomato sauce for use in pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, and so on. Whenever I make fresh tomato sauce, I never peel! Got to thinkin’…. Why am I peeling before I can? I know, I know, they tell ya to. Nothing ickier than a big slimy piece of peel. But if you blast it to smithereens in your food processor….. Now you’re talkin’.

You got any tips for quicker canning? Easy peasy, that’s what I’m about this week. Tomatoes are in, people! Need a BBB to go with?

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For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (August 3). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (August 4). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

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  1. 8-3
    3:01
    am

    We find the seeds in the tomatoes we grow tend to turn sauces a little bitter sometimes so we cook the tomatoes down and run everything through the food mill to get rid of the seeds and skins.
    BBB please :) Also, how is BP?

  2. 8-3
    5:25
    am

    BBB please! Thank you!

  3. 8-3
    6:17
    am

    BB Book please

  4. 8-3
    6:24
    am

    I have a Squeezo food mill that was a hand-me-down from my Mom when she got a bigger one. I cut the tomatoes in quarters and cook them down, then run them through the Squeezo, which separates the juice and pulp from the seeds, skins, and cores. Then it’s into jars and the pressure canner! Summer goodness all year long! BBB!

  5. 8-3
    6:33
    am

    We’ve been busy canning pickles, corn, and beans, but no ‘maters,yet. Looking forward to the chance to win the BBB. Thanks!

  6. 8-3
    7:02
    am

    I’d be crazy not to play. Put me in the running for BBB.

  7. 8-3
    7:04
    am

    BBB, Please!

  8. 8-3
    7:17
    am

    Love your website Suzanne. Oh, and BBB!

  9. 8-3
    7:22
    am

    I’ve only had two tomatoes so far off of my balcony garden, but I would love a BBB

  10. 8-3
    7:26
    am

    I would love to win the BBB book. I did not get my garden in until the 1st of July. Everything is growing good and I can’t wait until September when I can start canning.

  11. 8-3
    7:37
    am

    You KNOW it’s ME for the BBB ;-) Please and Thank you!

  12. 8-3
    7:55
    am

    I cut my maters in quarters and put through the squeezo without any cooking. Then I just can the juice. Works great. BBB please!

  13. 8-3
    8:00
    am

    BBB please!

  14. 8-3
    8:07
    am

    BBB please!

  15. 8-3
    8:10
    am

    :hissyfit: MY chickens have found my tomatoes!! UGH!!
    Granny Trace

    http://www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

  16. 8-3
    8:18
    am

    I agree! There’s no reason to peel tomatoes that you are going to can for sauce. For the past few years, I’ve been washing and coring them, then tossing them into a big pot to stew. Once they’re cooked soft, I just plug in my stick blender and stir it around in the pot to break up the peels. I’d hate to throw away all that good nutrition, great taste and added fiber. BBB

  17. 8-3
    8:24
    am

    BBB, please!

  18. 8-3
    8:45
    am

    I remember canning w/my mom when I was young: blanching, seeding, uuugh! I love my food processor for tomatoes- but I think I am going to try my stick blender that trailshome mentioned.Sounds like even less to clean & I’m all about that!! A BBB would be great!

  19. 8-3
    8:47
    am

    :snoopy: BBB Please ! :snoopy:

  20. 8-3
    8:49
    am

    I do I do!! BBB Please!

  21. 8-3
    8:57
    am

    I never peel my tomatoes. I just can them in large chunks. BBB please.

  22. 8-3
    8:58
    am

    I really need to get a food processor! But until then I do have the little stick blender that I can use. Yeah.
    BBB please

  23. 8-3
    9:01
    am

    :happyflower: oh I’m still in the runnin’ for the BBB!!! :snoopy: ~~Rain :sheep:

  24. 8-3
    9:11
    am

    I would LOVE to start canning. The BBB would certainly help!! Thanks!!! :)

  25. 8-3
    9:12
    am

    OH OH OH pick my number BBB
    :duck:

  26. 8-3
    9:14
    am

    I wonder how your juicer would work. I agree with the stick blender trick. Works well.

    Would love to win a BBB.

  27. 8-3
    9:18
    am

    I would love the BBB! :sheepjump:

    As for the tomatoes, I vote food mill – but I need a new one myself!

  28. 8-3
    9:25
    am

    I found your blog yesterday and love it! I’ve been preserving foods for 50 years! I keep up with all the new canning information to keep my foods safe for my family. Would love the BBB!

  29. 8-3
    9:30
    am

    :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo: :moo:
    Okra is all I have left in my central Texas garden (think DROUGHT) but I would still love a BBB.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump:

  30. 8-3
    9:35
    am

    Gotta love canning season…BBB please!

  31. 8-3
    9:48
    am

    BBB please :clover:

  32. 8-3
    9:49
    am

    BBB please! I really don’t know how to can (or cook) so this will be very helpful. Thank you.

  33. 8-3
    9:52
    am

    BBB please! I havent done anything besides whole tomatoes so have never exploerd options besides peeling…..

  34. 8-3
    9:56
    am

    BBB please!!! It’s too hot and wet to plant in Florida in the summer, but as soon as September rolls around I can plant again! And congrats on the two new additions to your farm family!

  35. 8-3
    9:57
    am

    I’d love to win (BBB)

  36. 8-3
    10:00
    am

    BBB, please!!

  37. 8-3
    10:04
    am

    Please put me in for the BBB.

  38. 8-3
    10:05
    am

    I was lucky enough to inherit my Dad’s Squeezo that he made his famous pepper sauce with. I love it! So fast and easy. BBB please

  39. 8-3
    10:18
    am

    BBB…..Please

  40. 8-3
    10:19
    am

    BBB try try again if you please, and thank you….

  41. 8-3
    10:22
    am

    I still need to win one of these! Pick me!

  42. 8-3
    10:23
    am

    BBB please.

  43. 8-3
    10:34
    am

    BBB, please! :happyfeet:

  44. 8-3
    10:35
    am

    I freeze my tomatoes until I get enough to can.The skins slip off when they defrost. Then I dehydrate the skins and make tomato powder with the skins. Nothing wasted! I would love the BBB! Thank you!

  45. 8-3
    10:44
    am

    Please enter me in BBB. I usually blanch and peel. I agree it’s a lot of work. I’ll give this a try. Thanks.

  46. 8-3
    10:45
    am

    I froze last year but would love to can some this year…BBB please!

  47. 8-3
    10:54
    am

    I need that BBB – please enter me. Love the posts Suzanne!

  48. 8-3
    10:55
    am

    BBB please

  49. 8-3
    11:00
    am

    Never thought of this, thanks. Yes, BBB, please.

  50. 8-3
    11:02
    am

    BBB, please! :happyflower:

  51. 8-3
    11:05
    am

    I’ve always wanted to take up canning, but don’t know what I’m doing. The BBB would be a great help.

  52. 8-3
    11:09
    am

    I would love to have the BBB.

  53. 8-3
    11:11
    am

    BBB please – thanks.

  54. 8-3
    11:26
    am

    BBB Please :) I don’t have any tomatoes yet, except a few cherrys. Can’t wait for the onslaught!!!

  55. 8-3
    11:28
    am

    BBB please.
    I haven’t canned yet. I just freeze my sauce when I’m done cooking it. I never thought to just blend the skins into oblivion.
    Thanks!

  56. 8-3
    11:44
    am

    I am going to be blending in my skins this year!

  57. 8-3
    11:48
    am

    BBB Please!

  58. 8-3
    11:58
    am

    My current copy BBB is getting ratty from constant use so I could use a new one. Just finished a small-batch of cucumber relish using one of my smaller stock pots instead of the bigger canner.

  59. 8-3
    12:06
    pm

    I would love to have the BBB, please.

  60. 8-3
    12:08
    pm

    bbb please

  61. 8-3
    12:29
    pm

    Gosh, that sounds like a great idea. Alas, no food processor. I keep saying I’m going to see if I can get one that fits the KA. But I don’t. I remember canning tomatoes with my mom and my job was to squish them through the pointy cone colander with a wooden pestle. Yeah, that long ago. Maybe I’ll up-grade to one of those food mills.

    BBB,please!

  62. 8-3
    12:32
    pm

    Would love to have the BBB–I’ve been canning for years, but always have to look for info on the internet, or ask other canners…just got done with pickled beets..yummy!

  63. 8-3
    12:53
    pm

    I just love this site. I visit everyday. I am new to canning an would love the BBB. P..S. Im waiting to see if BP is pregnant. How much longer do we wait to find out?

  64. 8-3
    12:53
    pm

    Just discovered your blog. My mother has always canned, but I’m recently retired, growing my first garden and learning to can. BBB please.

  65. 8-3
    1:00
    pm

    I love, love, love Chickens in the Road, Suzanne! You have inspired me to can….just waiting on my canner in the mail. I would love a BBB to get me started :)

  66. 8-3
    1:20
    pm

    BBB, pretty please!

  67. 8-3
    1:25
    pm

    I’d love the BBB. I’ve been doing jams for a couple years now, but am ready to expand my horizons!

  68. 8-3
    1:32
    pm

    I put em raw through food mill type thing–especially romas. I need the BBB–mine is very elderly.

  69. 8-3
    1:37
    pm

    Pick me! Pick me! I would love to learn how to can!

    Brigitte C.

  70. 8-3
    2:12
    pm

    I quarter mine, place them in the steam juicer and get some of the juice out of them. Run them through the Kitchen Aid Food Mill 3x and it just about the right consistence for sauce. Cook down a little, add seasonings, etc and can away. Sometimes I go further and do pizza sauce (I like mine spicy) and then even further by doing spaghetti sauce with meat. Then I have tomato water, which is yummy and can dehydrate the peel/seeds and grind to use as thickener, etc.

    BBB please!

  71. 8-3
    2:58
    pm

    I am so glad to read this!! I have been blanching, peeling and chopping for days now…its alot of work. I’m gonna give no peeling a try!!

  72. 8-3
    3:24
    pm

    Count me in for the BBB again, please. :wave:

  73. 8-3
    3:59
    pm

    BBB please.

  74. 8-3
    4:09
    pm

    BBB Please! And who(m)ever said you can’t teach a dog new tricks…was WRONG!!

  75. 8-3
    4:41
    pm

    I love canning also, and I would love the win the BBB for my DIL.

  76. 8-3
    5:25
    pm

    now see that’s one of the reasons I dont can but should. This may change my mind, I do love homemade tomato Sauce.BBB Please
    ann/alba

  77. 8-3
    6:08
    pm

    I totally need a pressure canner!!! :hissyfit:

    BBB please. :snoopy:

  78. 8-3
    6:57
    pm

    I would love to win a new Ball canning book. Please enter me into the drawing. Also I hear you sista about the peeling. I have been making my tomato basil simmer sauce!!

  79. 8-3
    7:08
    pm

    I haven’t canned tomatoes yet, I don’t know how! :) BBB Please!

  80. 8-3
    7:21
    pm

    Still trying to win the canning book:) Please add my name, thanks.

  81. 8-3
    7:27
    pm

    My tomato garden was miserable failure – I’m going to have to visit the farmers market! I NEED tomatoes! BBB please!

  82. 8-3
    8:07
    pm

    BBB, please. :sheepjump:

  83. 8-3
    9:37
    pm

    I would love to win the BBB!

  84. 8-3
    10:45
    pm

    Would love a BBB!

  85. 8-3
    10:48
    pm

    I love gardening and canning nothing better than the real thing and not processed.I need a Ball Bluebell Book. BBB

  86. 8-3
    10:58
    pm

    It’s been so hot and dry here in our part of Kansas that our tomatoes haven’t been producing much of anything yet. Hopefully if the weather cools and we get some rain we’ll start enjoying some good tomato sandwiches…finally. Please put me in for the BBB!

  87. 8-3
    11:00
    pm

    BBB please!

  88. 8-4
    3:21
    am

    I love the stick blender idea! Have to try that out once I get some tomatoes ripe.

  89. 8-4
    6:37
    am

    UPDATE 08/04/11: The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, is comment #35, DebbieInMemphis.

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED TO ENTRY.

  90. 8-4
    1:44
    pm

    Many, many thanks to Suzanne and CB in TN!! :snoopy: :woof:

    Thank you!!!!

  91. 8-6
    6:04
    pm

    NO tips for canning, however, tomato peels, dried and run through the grinder, are a great addition to soups, stews, sauces, salad toppings and anything else you can name. That’s my plan for all my tomatoe peels this year.

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