tomatoes a la can

My MIL (Mother-in-law, a.k.a. Friend) and I were talking about that O so common stay at home mom question:

“What did I do today?”

It’s rough, having a list of tasks that you’ll just have to rinse and repeat the next day. Everyday. For the long foreseeable future. Laundry, dishes, cook, feed, change. Shoot, even working out and showering are getting repetitive.

So, what did I do today? A whole lot that I’ll have to do again tomorrow.

Then my wise and thoughtful MIL/FRIEND shared something she did when staying home with my husband (a then-toddler) and OBrother (a then-infant. O did I mention she did the whole two-under-two thing?):

“I tried to do one thing each day that I wouldn’t have to do again for a while.”

The woman is brilliant. Amazingly high-energied and brilliant.

And so the natural response to a challenge like that? Why we canned tomatoes of course!

11 one-quart jars of tomatoes. It was wonderful and I had no idea what I was doing, but now I could can with the best of them!

But not tomorrow. Or for a very long time.

To answer the question of what I did today last week:

I took 20 pounds of organic tomatoes that I special ordered from our crop-share farm…



Performed all sorts of domestic arts on them (as instructed by MIL/FRIEND)…




And ended up with enough gorgeous cans of tomatoes to last us the winter…



Which the Farmer’s Almanac tells me is going to be one of the coldest on record (global what-ing?). I tell you this so that you can prepare now for the moaning and complaining that will fill this page come February. You have been warned.

But hey. We’ll have tomatoes.

5 Responses to “tomatoes a la can”

  1. Aunti Liberty

    Is it wrong to ask what you do with jarred tomatoes?? (One of the downsides that comes with hailing from California…)

  2. abby

    I was wondering the same thing…do you make your own spaghetti sauce or something? I wasn’t quite sure… But I am proud of you for doing it! Since you’re all into making stuff, have you ever made your own apple sauce? I was just talking with my girlfriend that we need to go to the orchard now that it’s September and borrow my mom’s little machine thingy and make our own apple sauce to freeze for the winter! Now, I do know what to do with frozen apple sauce! Yumm!~

  3. Hannah

    I’m going to have to learn some of these awesome skills. All the Hoyt ladies have it down, so I guess I’ll pick it up from my momma or aunts! Way to go on the tomatoes. Those will be nice to pull out over the long winter months.

  4. Wendy

    That’s very cool. I have an overabundance of tomatoes at the moment from my garden and was trying to figure out what to do with them–maybe I’ll try canning. Do you need special equipment or can you do a water bath in a regular pot?

  5. Kelly @ Love Well

    If you’d like to complain to a sympathetic ear in February, I’ll come over and partake of some of those tomatoes.

    (I’ll bring the whole wheat Trader Joe’s pasta.)


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