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Canning Tomatoes

3.5 Tomatoes per Pint Jar
8 Quart stock pot = 5 Pint Jars per batch

Sterilize Pint jars in dishwasher using "Sanitize" cycle.

Heat 1 large pot for actual canning, keeping lid on while bringing water to a boil. Water level should be 1 inch above lids of jars while canning, and remember, jars will displace the water. (Have boiling water on the side in case you need to add to get the water level up.)

Heat 1 small pot of water for lids. Lids should boil in this water for several minutes before placing on the cans.

In another pot of water, boil tomatoes for 30-60 seconds. Immediately submerge tomatoes into a bowl of ice water. Remove skins and tough parts. Slice tomatoes in quarters.

In a 1 qt measuring cup, bring water to a boil in the microwave.

Fill jars with tomatoes. Add 2 Tablespoons lemon juice. Then fill jars with boiling water up to 1/2 inch from the top. Use a flat plastice utensil (sterilized) around the inside edge to release air bubbles. Put rubber lids and rings on, screw tightly.

Boil jars in large pot for 40 minutes.

Let jars cool overnight in a non-drafty area until lids seal. If you push down on the lids and don't get a pop, it means the jar did not seal. Refrigerate those jars and use as soon as possible.


5 large tomatoes
2-3 garlic cloves
2-3 fresh jalapenos, finely chopped
15 leaves of cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 of a medium onion, finely chopped
dash of olive oil
dash of vinegar
1/2 squeezed lime
salt to taste

Cut tomatoes in half. Place in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Broil 10-12 mins or until skins begin to char and shrivel. Let tomatoes cool. Peel off skin and remove seeds if desired. Dice tomatoes. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with tortillas or use in another recipe.

Root Beer Pulled Pork

Recipe from Lovestoeat's Weblog.

1 can A&W Root-beer
8 boneless pork chops
1 bottle of Open Pit BBQ Sauce

Put pork chops and root beer into crock pot. Cook on low, 6 1/2 hours.
Drain the meat and shred. Add meat and the entire bottle of BBQ sauce. Cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours. Serve on buns.

Tomato, Tomaato

One day of picking brought in 34 tomatoes. After giving many bags away to friends and coworkers, we will be canning the rest for recipes over the winter. It will be my first solo canning project, so wish me luck. It will be very nice to have fresh tomatoes for sauces and other winter comfort foods.


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Blonde Joke of the Week

There was this bar and in the bar there was a magic mirror. If you told a lie it would suck you in.

One day a brunette walked into this bar. She walked up to the mirror and said 'I think I'm the most beautiful woman in the world' and it sucked her in.

The next day a redhead walked into the bar. She walked up to the mirror and said 'I think I'm the most beautiful woman in the world' and it sucked her in.

Then the next day a blond walked into the bar. She walked up to the mirror and said 'I think...' and it sucked her in.

From www . coolblondejokes . com

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I'm gorgeous and I know it!

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