I Quit! (BBB)


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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  1. enjay says:

    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 πŸ™‚ Also, how is BP?

  2. collector1 says:

    BBB please! Thank you!

  3. Kathy in FL says:

    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!

  4. TRUDY says:

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

  5. cabighorse says:

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

  6. aprilejoi says:

    Love your website Suzanne. Oh, and BBB!

  7. justdeborah2002 says:

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

  8. kelly jo kirby says:

    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.

  9. Gem says:

    You KNOW it’s ME for the BBB πŸ˜‰ Please and Thank you!

  10. debg says:

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

  11. Snowdance says:

    BBB please!

  12. Granny Trace says:

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


  13. trailshome says:

    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

  14. renee on the move says:

    BBB, please!

  15. jrrus95 says:

    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!

  16. naomibeth3 says:

    :snoopy: BBB Please ! :snoopy:

  17. cabynfevr says:

    I do I do!! BBB Please!

  18. LisaAJB says:

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

  19. Labontet says:

    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

  20. rainss61 says:

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

  21. lao129 says:

    I would LOVE to start canning. The BBB would certainly help!! Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  22. citalk2much says:

    OH OH OH pick my number BBB

  23. Darlene in North GA says:

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

    Would love to win a BBB.

  24. bearswife says:

    I would love the BBB! :sheepjump:

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

  25. scrappylouisa says:

    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!

  26. Aggiemom says:

    :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:

  27. cclear1959 says:

    Gotta love canning season…BBB please!

  28. pdelainey says:

    BBB please :clover:

  29. anne.smith says:

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

  30. sparkles2307 says:

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

  31. sunshinemom says:

    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!

  32. DebbieInMemphis says:

    I’d love to win (BBB)

  33. cricketjett says:

    BBB, please!!

  34. marymac says:

    Please put me in for the BBB.

  35. Carol in NC says:

    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

  36. lovemyhens says:


  37. Abiga says:

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

  38. mamajoseph says:

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

  39. countrygirl221 says:

    BBB please.

  40. suziQ says:

    BBB, please! :happyfeet:

  41. Dorette says:

    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!

  42. Rosemeri says:

    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.

  43. JerseyMom says:

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

  44. siegreich says:

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

  45. alosyu says:

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

  46. leann says:

    BBB, please! :happyflower:

  47. notbucket24 says:

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

  48. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have the BBB.

  49. jeepdriver says:

    BBB please – thanks.

  50. momtoadiva says:

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

  51. azladychef says:

    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.

  52. Halfpint says:

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

  53. mcnerd says:

    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.

  54. AutumnK says:

    I would love to have the BBB, please.

  55. lavenderblue says:

    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.


  56. judyktw says:

    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!

  57. tmavraides says:

    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?

  58. webpen says:

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

  59. free2bme says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  60. melonhead says:

    BBB, pretty please!

  61. AmandaLeighB says:

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

  62. wanda1950 says:

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

  63. jbbtjbbt says:

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

    Brigitte C.

  64. CarrieJ says:

    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!

  65. MissyinWV says:

    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!!

  66. Vicki in So. CA says:

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

  67. GrammieEarth says:

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

  68. Miss Nellie says:

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

  69. alba says:

    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

  70. cheena says:

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

    BBB please. :snoopy:

  71. marie in Amite says:

    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!!

  72. wannabee says:

    I haven’t canned tomatoes yet, I don’t know how! πŸ™‚ BBB Please!

  73. maggie says:

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

  74. prayingpup says:

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

  75. kaaparent says:

    BBB, please. :sheepjump:

  76. romanyp13 says:

    I would love to win the BBB!

  77. farmershae says:

    Would love a BBB!

  78. Lonesomedovegirl says:

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

  79. Chic says:

    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!

  80. LaChienne says:

    BBB please!

  81. Sheila Z says:

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

  82. DebbieInMemphis says:

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

    Thank you!!!!

  83. Runningtrails says:

    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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