It’s garden time! Get those tomato plants in the ground! You can use any tomatoes in your home canning, but Romas, also known as paste tomatoes, are the most popular selection for many uses because they have thicker, meatier walls and contain less water. Other popular canning varieties are Beefsteaks and Better Boys. My favorite tomato for canning, however, is the free tomato! Whatever type of tomato you use, make sure there are no cracks or rotten spots. I can tomatoes by the boxful every summer and it’s the one item in the pantry I’m sure to run out of because I use tomatoes in so many things. It’s been a long time since I had to buy canned tomatoes to make pizza or lasagna or spaghetti. Home-canned tomatoes will really spoil you to anything else!
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